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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Senegal name Kasperczak
By Assane Diagne
BBC Sport, Dakar

Polish coach Henri Kasperczak
Polish coach Henri Kasperczak is to take charge of Senegal

Senegal have appointed the Pole Henri Kasperczak as the new coach of the national team, to take over from Abdoulaye Sarr.

Sarr's contract ended in February just after the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Senegal Football Association chairman, Mbaye Ndoye, also announced that Lamine Ndiaye would be the assistant coach.

Ndiaye is currently the manager of Coton Sport of Garoua in Cameroon and his contract with them comes to an end in July.

The Senegalese coach expressed his happiness to be "back home after being away for 25 years."

Kasperczak is expected in Dakar after the Teranga Lions friendly with South Korea in Seoul on 23 May, when he will sign his contract that's estimated to be around US$25,000 a month.

Ndoye said the Polish coach's objectives would be to qualify for the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana and the World Cup two years later in South Africa.

The 60-year-old Kasperczak has plenty of experience in Africa, having led Tunisia to final of the Nations Cup in 1996 and then took Mali to the semi-finals in 2002.

He has also had spells in charge of Morocco and the Ivory Coast.

Kasperczak, who also has French citizenship, has worked with several French clubs including Metz, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Lille, Saint Etienne and Bastia.

As a player he won the third place play-off in the World Cup in 1978 with Poland, for who he earned 63 caps.


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