The Senegalese Basketball Federation will name new coaches on Thursday for both male and female national teams ahead of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila and Olympic Basketball Tournament respectively.
Ahead of the announcement, several names including Alain Weisz and American Sam Vincent have been mentioned as candidates for the job. However, media reports suggest the front runners are former managers Abdou N’diaye and Cheikh Sarr.
N’diaye was at the helm when Senegal placed second behind Angola at the AfroBasket Championship in 2005 which is the West African nation’s best finish since winning the Championship in 1997.
Sarr on the other hand, guided “The Lions” to a third place finish at AfroBasket 2013 securing qualification to the 2014 FIBA World Cup. At the World Cup, Senegal shocked many by clinching wins over Croatia and Puerto Rico before placing fourth at AfroBasket 2015.
Tunisia-based Moussa Toure is another candidate whose name has also been mentioned along these lines.
Senegal will take on Canada and Turkey in Manila, Philippines as the team attempts to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro later this year.
Moustapha Gaye will most likely be named coach of the Women’s side after guiding the team to a gold medal at the 2015 AfroBasket Championship.