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Three-Man Race for Eagles of Mali Job

Following their failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, reports suggest that the Malian Football Federation (Femafoot) has a shortlist of potential candidates to take over from Mohamed Magassouba.

The Eagles were eliminated from 2022 World Cup contention when they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in their final play-off qualification game.

A consequence of their inability to qualify for the global showpiece was the sacking of experienced former Mali international Magassouba.

According to Sport Mali, a number of high-profile coaches have been mentioned as possible replacements with former Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr among those under consideration by Femafoot.

Other names on the shortlist to become the new head coach of Eagles are Winfried Schäfer and former Malian international, Eric Sékou Chelle.

Rohr is considered as their number one candidate due to his experience in Africa as his other past jobs include Niger and Gabon national teams.

However, Shafer is seen as the Malian government favorite as he coached Cameroon to the African Nations Cup in 2002 and a runner-up showing in the 2003 Confederations Cup.

Eric Sékou Chelle is a coach who has been linked with the Stallions job on many occasions although he doesn’t have continental pedigree on the list.

Femafoot have already said that a new coach will be named this week after a presentation has been made to the Femafoot executive committee by the officials tasked with deciding on a new coach.


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