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Apr 24 2012 2:00PM
 
Senegal football accounts frozen by court
Bruno Metsu looks forward at the days play in action. Photo by Gallo Images
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The bank accounts of the Senegal Football Federation have reportedly been frozen in a dispute with former national coach Amara Traore, just as the under-23 team claimed the final place at the Olympic tournament.

State news agency APS quoted federation president Augustin Senghor as saying the accounts were frozen by a court order on Monday, the same day Senegal beat Oman 2-0 in an Olympic playoff to be the last team to qualify for the London Games.

Traore, who was fired after Senegal's poor performance and first-round exit at this year's African Cup of Nations, is seeking compensation for salaries owed, leave allowances and redundancy payments.

APS said a court this month ordered the federation to pay Traore R564 228 but it hasn't yet paid him, leading the court to freeze its finances.

While Senegal's Olympic body is expected to largely finance the trip to London, money problems at the football federation would hamper its buildup.

No immediate comment was available from the federation on Tuesday, but Senghor, who was in England to watch the team qualify, told APS it could take time to regain control of their accounts.

"We cannot do anything, we have outstanding checks and we cannot make any financial transaction," Senghor said, according to APS.

Senegal's senior team is still without a coach after Traore was removed in February after losing all three games at the African Cup.

Former mentor Bruno Metsu, who led Senegal to the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup, is one of two candidates for the job, according to the federation. The other is fellow Frenchman and ex-Cameroon coach Pierre Lechantre. -Sapa

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