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Friday, 12 July, 2002, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Metsu's UAE move agreed
Jules Bocande and Bruno Metsu
Metsu (right) may leave assistant Bocande in charge

Bruno Metsu has quit Senegal for a coaching job in the United Arab Emirates.

The Frenchman who guided Senegal to the quarter finals of the World Cup has finalised a one-year contract to coach Emirati side Al-Ain.

Club official Hamad bin Nikhairat al-Amri however refused to reveal financial details, however some reports suggest the contract could be worth $1m.

Al-Ain was coached last season by Bosnian Jamal Haji, who took over from Romanian Angel Iordanescu.

It is thought that Metsu would like to return to Senegal at the end of the contract to take back his job as the Lions' manager.

Metsu organised a meeting with the Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, to see "how to proceed, how to go there [UAE] for 10 months and come back," as he told Senegalese television.

In the next 10 months, Senegal will have only 3 competitive internationals, Nations' Cup qualifiers against Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe and Gambia.

Metsu believes he can go away, recharge his batteries, replenish his bank account, and return at the head of a group he holds in high esteem.

However, such a move has caught the Senegalese footballing authorities by surprise.

"I am surprised, because if Metsu was leaving, he should have warned us," said Mam Sow, the National Technical Director.

Various Senegalese officials, from Federation President Malick Sy through Administrative Director Oumar Ndiaye, claimed to have no knowledge of the French coach's plans.

Nevertheless, it seems almost certain that Metsu will leave.

Whether he is allowed to return as coach in slightly less than a year is another matter entirely.

See also:

08 Jul 02 | Africa
24 Jun 02 | Senegal
03 Apr 02 | Africa
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