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Former Senegal midfielder Aliou Cisse appointed as new national team coach

Cisse was previously an assistant coach with the squad and recently coach of Senegal's 2012 Olympic team.

Senegal appointed former midfielder Aliou Cisse as coach on Wednesday, a rare chance for a black African to take charge of one of the continent's top teams.

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) said Cisse, who captained Senegal to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, has signed a four-year contract. His position will be evaluated in two years following the 2017 African Nations Cup, FSF vice-president Abdoulaye Sow said.

Cisse was previously an assistant coach with the national squad and most recently...

Diafra Sakho FA Cup appearance costs West Ham £71k fine from FIFA

Senegal head coach Alain Giresse says he is surprised Diafra Sakho is playing for West Ham despite being unable to join the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations.
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald talked on Friday about Diafra Sakho and their English Premier League game at Swansea City on Saturday.

West Ham have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (71,000 pounds) and reprimanded for playing striker Diafra Sakho in the FA Cup after the club had said he was unavailable for Senegal's African Nations Cup campaign due to injury.

Fears that the Hammers would be kicked out of the FA Cup have proved unfounded as the world governing body imposed only a fine -- though the player has also been reprimanded.

Sakho scored the winner against Bristol City on Jan. 25, two days before Senegal were eliminated from...

 By PA Sport

Hull add Senegal striker Dame N'Doye at transfer deadline

Dame N'Doye will fill Hull's need for a striker this season.

Hull's survival bid received a much-needed shot in the arm as they signed Senegal striker Dame N'Doye from Lokomotiv Moscow.

N'Doye, 29, signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with a club option for an additional 12 months.

Steve Bruce made signing a striker his priority this month after watching his side slip to third from bottom in the Premier League.

The Tigers have the second-worst scoring record in the division and the Hull boss will be looking to N'Doye to supply the goals to keep the club in...

 By Ian Holyman

Senegal manager Alain Giresse to step down after African Nations Cup exit

Algeria sealed their place in the African Nations Cup quarterfinals after beating Senegal 2-nil.

Alain Giresse has confirmed he will no longer coach Senegal and has accused the country's media of conducting a "man-hunt" following their African Nations Cup exit.

Giresse, 62, led the Lions of Teranga into their final group-stage game against Algeria with the hope of reaching the quarterfinals.

However, a 2-0 defeat led to their elimination, and provoked a furious response from the Senegalese media. The press pack assailed Giresse at his postmatch news conference, which helped convince the former...

 By PA Sport

West Ham's Sam Allardyce hits back at Senegal over Diafra Sakho

Diafra Sakho played in the FA Cup for West Ham after being ruled out of the African Nations Cup this month.

Sam Allardyce has continued a bitter war of words with Senegal football officials and insists West Ham did nothing wrong in playing Diafra Sakho last weekend.

The Hammers striker came off the bench to score the only goal in their FA Cup fourth-round victory over Bristol City on Sunday, despite having been ruled out of Senegal's African Nations Cup squad with a back injury.

And the relationship between club and country could also be soured further after Allardyce said he had struggled to communicate...