Former Senegal coach Metsu is dead
FORMER Senegal coach Bruno Metsu died on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer at a clinic in his hometown of Coudekerque Village in Northern France.
Metsu, 59, will be greatly remembered for his heroics in the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he led Senegal to the quarterfinal stage.
The Frenchman was diagnosed with colon cancer a few months after after replacing legendary Argentine forward Diego Maradona as the head coach of Al Wasl club in July 2012.
Senegal, under Metsu’s guidance, made their maiden appearance in the 2002 global soccer bonanza where they pulled off a shock by downing defending champions France 1-0 in their opening match.
Win over Sweden
Metsu led the side to the last 16 where they bottled Sweden, earning recognition as the first African side to reach the quarterfinals since Cameroon in 1990. The other African country to achieve such a feat was Ghana in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The experienced tactician is also recognised as one of the greatest coaches in UAE football history having won both the national team’s first Gulf Cup in 2007 and the country’s first Asian Champions League title with Al Ain in 2003.
He also coached Guinea in the early years of the Millennium and was the head coach of Qatar from 2008-2011.