Freeze on soccer in Senegal
DAKAR - 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 play-off 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 Africa 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 $72000 (R564000) 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 build-up.