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The Burkina Faso Football Federation is continuing the recruitment process for its future coach. Several technicians have responded to the call for applications launched by the body. Sport News Africa has confirmed the main profiles of these candidates.
Kamou Malo's successor as coach of the Stallions should soon be known. After its call for candidates in March, the Burkina Faso Football Federation has moved to the second phase of its recruitment process for the future coach. Since Tuesday and until April 8, the body will study the files of the various candidates who applied, to retain the most relevant profiles. According to Sport News Africa, several names are on the table and some are emerging. This is notably the case of Toni Conceiçao. The Portuguese coach of Cameroon at the 2021 African Cup of Nations has since been replaced by Rigobert Song. Now free, he hopes to find a bench on the continent and is looking favorably on the current generation of Burkina Faso players.
This is also the case for Frenchman Julien Mette, former Djibouti coach who has attracted attention because of his work during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, in a group with Algeria, Burkina Faso and Niger. The first exchanges have even taken place with members of the body. He will be in competition with his compatriot Nicolas Dupuis, who has played for Madagascar but has been completely off the radar since the 2019 African Cup of Nations. The current coach of Congo, the Belgian Paul Put has also applied, as well as the Englishman Steve McLaren (former coach of the Three Lions). The name is a buzzword, but it will be difficult to fit his profile because of his salary expectations and the desire of the Burkina Faso Federation to have a French-speaking technician at the head of the team.
The local track is not excluded, even if Firmin Sanou, former assistant of Kamou Malo, and Oscar Baro, current interim coach (whose heavy defeats against Kosovo and Belgium during the truce were not convincing) are not among the first choices. Other names such as Franck Dumas, Luc Eymael, Hubert Velud, Michel Dussuyer and Didier Six are among the contenders for the job. Interviews with the finalists are scheduled between 14 and 16 April. Only after this third phase will the name of the new Burkina Faso coach be revealed.