Senegal, which failed to make it past the first round of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament, and seven-time continental winners, Egypt, have new coaches.
Retired midfielder Aliou Cisse, who represented Senegal 35 times before retiring as a player six years ago, has signed a four-year contract to coach his country’s national side. He takes over from Alan Giresse, who left after the Africa Cup of Nations ended last month.
Cisse, who has had spells as Senegal’s assistant coach, played for English clubs Birmingham City and Portsmouth and captained the Senegal team that reached the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals.
Argentinian Hector Cuper, meanwhile, is Egypt’s new coach.
He led Valencia to the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001 and in 2003, Inter Milan finished second in Serie A under his guidance.
Cuper takes over from Shawki Gharib, who left the post last November.
Egypt failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament and has not advanced to the World Cup since 1990.
The 59-year-old coached Georgia from August 2008 to December 2009. The country did not win a match with him at the helm.
And, Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry has announced his retirement from international soccer less than a month after playing a major role in his country’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
Barry, who replaced an injured Sylvain Gbohouo in goal in the final, was the hero in his team’s 9-8 victory over West African neighbours Ghana. With the goalkeepers on the spot for penalty kicks, 35-year-old Barry saved a shot by Ghanaian Razak Brimah and then sealed the game with his spot-kick.
“All good things must come to an end,” he said. “I decided to end my soccer career with Ivory Coast. I was proud to wear our jersey.”
Barry played 86 times for his country and appeared in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He also played in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final that Ivory Coast lost on penalties to Zambia.