11th May, 2012
Newly appointed Senegal soccer coach, Pierre Lechantre, has stepped down from the post after two weeks, saying the contract terms offered him were not adequate.
“I received the contract last week but without the guarantees I need to start my mission. I have thanked the Senegalese federation president for the interest shown in me,” he told French sports daily L’Equipe’s website (www.lequipe.fr).
The Frenchman’s decision was confirmed by the Senegal soccer federation.
Lechantre took Cameroon to the 2000 African Nations Cup and was coach of Mali in 2005. He was also national team coach in Qatar and last worked at Qatari club, Al Arabi.
His decision is a setback for Senegal, considered potential African champions because of a rich seam of talent at their disposal but who have fallen way short of expectations in recent months.
The ease with which they disposed of tough opponents in the Nations Cup qualifying campaign last year made them favourites to win the 2012 tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon but they crashed spectacularly, losing all three games.
Coach Amara Traore was sacked within days and has been in a legal dispute with the federation since.
Lechantre, 62, had been appointed with one month to prepare before Senegal begin qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. They play Liberia and Uganda next month.