Monday Dec 18, 2017. 14:00
Benin are looking for a new coach after Oumar Tchomogo’s contract expired on Saturday and Alain Giresse has been linked with the job.
Giresse, Patrice Neveu and Michel Dussuyer have been strongly linked with the post by the local media and the Benin's minister of sport, Oswald Homeky, has confirmed this.
Tchomogo was appointed in 2015, but failed to guide his country to the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournaments.
Homeky has informed the country’s Football Federation to advertise the vacant post to both local and foreign managers, before finalising a three-man shortlist.
"We appreciate his [Tchomogo's] efforts as our national team coach, but the government's desire is to boost the performance of all our national football teams," said Homeky.
In addition, Neveu is highly experienced after previously managing Niger, Guinea, DR Congo and Mauritania on the continent.
On the other hand, Giresse is available after quitting his second stint as coach of Mali in September following his failure to lead them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 58-year-old Dussuyer stepped down as Ivory Coast manager following the Elephants' early elimination at this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
FBF will want to speed the recruitment process as they will meet Togo in their AFCON qualifier in September.