Senegal coach Pierre Lechantre: I’ve been asked to win the 2013 Afcon

The Teranga Lions new coach says he has been handed the chief objective of winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations like he did with the Indomitable Lions during the 2000 edition

Senegal's newly appointed coach Pierre Lechantre told reporters in Dakar on Wednesday that his bosses have asked him to repeat his 2000 exploit with Cameroon by winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at any cost.

The 62-year-old Frenchman was chosen in preference to his compatriot Bruno Metsu, who led Senegal to the final of the 2002 Afcon and to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Fifa World Cup.

“The Senegal FA president Augustin Senghor and his collaborators are all asking me to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations by any means necessary. They have raised the bar very high for me and I think we’ll have to work towards this,” Lechantre said.

“Senegal have good players and there’s a strong will from the officials to develop the country’s football and obtain good results. Together with the players we’ll work hard not to let the authorities and fans down,” he added.

The Teranga Lions will begin camping for the qualifying of the 2014 Fifa World Cup on May 20 in Dakar. A friendly match against Egypt is scheduled to take place prior the Senegal versus Liberia qualifier on June 2.