Mali / football: national coaches have not been paid for a year
In Mali, national football coaches of all categories have not been paid for a year. This is revealed by the site sportnewsafrica.com .
As part of the 3rd day of qualifying for the next African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2023, Mali will host Gambia on March 24 at the March 26 Stadium in Bamako. This meeting is being held in a difficult context for the national coach of the Eagles of Mali, Éric Sékou Chelle. The former defender of the Eagles of Mali, since June 1, 2022 , the date of his taking office, has not yet received a single kopeck of his salary.
According to the site sportnewsafrica.com which provides the information, this is also the case of his deputy Alou Badra Diallo known as “Conti”, who also leads the Eagles U23. The Coach of the Aiglonnets (U17) of Mali, Soumaila Coulibaly, hardly knows a better fate. This is a situation that has existed for years. Because before them others know the same misadventures. This is the case of the former coach, Mohamed Magassouba, and his assistant Fousseini Diawara. Nearly a year after their dismissal, the two men are still awaiting payment of their salary arrears.
Mamoutou Kané known as “Mourley”, African champion in 2019 in Niger with the U20s, Fagnéyi Diarra, U23 coach in 2019, Djibril Dramé, local Eagles coach in 2016, and Nouhoum Diané, local Eagles coach in 2021 and 2023 , are also concerned by the subject. These breeders are still waiting for the payment of their salaries. Quoted by the site sportnewsafrica.com , Oumar Bagayogo, vice-president of the Mali coaches association, asks for consideration for local coaches and calls for full payment of their salaries. According to the same media, which quotes the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the delay in salaries is due to administrative slowness.
This situation is indicative of the deep malaise experienced by the king of sport in Mali. In any event, with years of unpaid coach salaries, it is hard to expect a better result on the continental stage. This is perhaps one of the reasons for the disappointments of Malian football, which has struggled to shine in recent years.
As a reminder, the Eagles of Mali did not manage to cross the round of 16 during the last two AFCONs. As for the local Eagles, they were eliminated in the group stage of the last African Nations Championship (CHAN) which took place in January-February in Algeria.
Source: Sport News Africa (web)