The Cameroonian says Senegalese FA made a mistake in employing the former Indomitable Lions coach to lead the Teranga Lions because the Frenchman doesn't develop youth properly
Cameroon football legend Roger Milla on Monday chided Senegal sport officials for hiring Pierre Lechantre to head the Teranga Lions, terming the 62-year-old coach not to be “man of the situation.”
Milla said the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach with Cameroon had a weakness in grooming young talents, that he loves working with established players, which would not help Senegal’s football in the long run.
“Lechantre will essentially work with Senegal professionals based in Europe. He will not be able to develop local talents in the country, which the FA and sport ministry want to see happen,” Milla told French newspaper L’Observateur.
“Lechantre succeeded in winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2000 because he met a good team - in-form and determined players.
“He’s not the kind of person to groom young players in Senegal. He has no knowledge or experience in that aspect. He didn’t develop Cameroon football,” Milla added.
The former Mali, MAS Fes, Club Africain and CS Sfaxien coach succeeded Amara Traore at the helm of Senegal national team last week, signing a two-year contract with the objectives of qualifying the west African team to the 2013 Afcon and 2014 Fifa World Cup.
He is to earn 15 million francs (€23,000) per month as opposed to Traore’s six million francs (€9,000) monthly pay.