Senegal fires Traore after African Cup humiliation

Senegal’s football federation has fired coach Amara Traore after

one of its worst African Cup of Nations campaigns, where it lost

all its games to be the first team eliminated.

The federation said Traore was responsible for the surprise

group-stage defeats to Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Libya.

Senegal went to the African Cup as one of the title hopefuls,

boosted by a strong forward line including Demba Ba, Papiss Demba

Cisse and captain Mamadou Niang.

However, it lost 2-1 to Zambia on the opening day and then

conceded late winners against lowly ranked co-host Equatorial

Guinea and Libya.

It was unclear if Senegal had lined up a long-term replacement,

with under-23 team coaches Karim Diouf and Aliou Cisse taking

temporary charge.