Filed in News by on January 27, 2012

Traore may quit Senegal after Libya tie
Friday, 27 January 2012

SENEGAL’S coach, Amara Traore, has set sights on a winning farewell at their campaign at the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

The Senegalese became the first casualty at the tournament after losing 1-2 to co-host Equatorial Guinea in their second match on Wednesday night at the Estadio de Bata.

With no point from a possible six, there will be nothing at stake for the Teranga Lions in their ultimate Group A match against Libya at the same venue on Sunday, but for Traore, victory will be the perfect goodbye wave to the 28th edition of the continental showpiece soccer event.

He said of their loss to Nzalang Nacional: “We prepared very well for this game and we had many opportunities. We were just unlucky tonight (Wednesday). I am very happy for my players, they gave everything.

“I am very disappointed with our current state because we deserved to win something at this tournament. It is frustrating for some of the players who are playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. We hope to win our last match and bow out with our heads high.”

Captain Mamadou Niang added that ill-luck was their undoing in a game they dominated, stating: “We had the better chances but were unlucky. I feel sad for the team. We are a young team, where about 70 per cent are making their debut.

“We all failed together and won’t single out any player for blame. It is from such disappointments that you can make up your mistakes.”


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