Bruno Metsu, the coach who took Senegal’s national soccer team, the Terranga Lions to the 2002 FIFA World Cup where they reached the quarter finals has died. Metsu died in the early hours of Tuesday. His friends disclosed that he died of cancer at the age of 59. He resigned as the coach of Al Wasil, a first division club in Dubai earlier in October due to health reasons.
Back in July, he had to a French newspaper that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “I underwent medical tests and the guy announces to me afterwards that I had terminal cancer. You have cancer of the colon, the liver and the lungs. They gave me three months to live. It was such a shock”, he said.
The coach whose distinguishing feature was his characteristic long hair led the team that stunned the world by beating defending championsand his home country, France in the 2002 World Cup opening match. The Teranga Lions were minutes away from the semi finals before conceding the only goal against Turkey. Metsu also recorded success as the coach of the United Arab Emirates, winning the Gulf Cup in 2007.
Metsu who played active football decades ago in France and Belgium took the name Abdullah, after he converted to Islam while working in the Middle East.