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Senegal appoint new coach

SENEGAL HAVE made former France international Alain Giresse their new coach after he signed a two-year contract.

Giresse, 60, will replace Joseph Koto who was fired in October upon the country's failure to qualify for the African Nations Cup and has been tasked with qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Alain Giresse has been chosen to be the national squad coach," Senegal's soccer federation president Augustin Senghor told local RFM radio.

Giresse has previously coached Gabon and Mali, who he took to third place at the African Nations Cup in 2012 but resigned in May over contract terms. He has also played for France at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

The majority of Senegal's squad ply their trade in Europe including Demba Ba of Chelsea, Mohamed Diame of West Ham and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.

Giresse played for the France national football team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup (fourth place) and the 1986 FIFA World Cup (third place). He was a member of the Euro 84 winning team, and alongside Michel Platini, Luis Fernández and Jean Tigana formed the legendary "Carré Magique" (Magic Square) in midfield.

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