Senegal champions coach quits to focus on national team

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Senegal Under 17 coach Malick Daf, who cut ties with ASC Jaraaf, says he is relieved to finally focus on the national team job.

Daf had been juggling both jobs and with the Afcon Under 17 tournament set to take place next month in Morocco, running concurrently with the Caf Confederation Cup, it became taxing.

The club announced their decision shortly after their important 0-1 away victory over Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum in the first leg of the group stage qualifying play-off at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday.

“We parted on good terms. We had to wait until the end of the match against FC Platinum to announce the decision. I think it was better because it was difficult to drive the cadets and at the same time want to stay on the bench of the Jaraaf.

“I wanted to be honest. I didn’t want to take Jaraaf hostage. It is better to focus on the Under-17 selection because it is the nation that prevails above all. I wish Jaraaf good luck,” said Daf.

Daf will be hoping to excel when he leads the junior Lions of Teranga in Rabat next month.

Jaraaf president Cheikh Seck said it was a very understandable choice and wished him well.
“We fully understand his decision and the national team remains in our opinion the priority. We keep the good times together,” said Seck.

Pape Ciré Dia and Moussa Diatta, who served as his assistants, will be in charge while the team seeks for a replacement.

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By FARPost Reporter

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