Former Rwanda Amavubi Stars head coach Antonie Hey (German), Pieter de Jongh (Dutch), Steve Komphela (South African) and Frenchman Patrice Neveu are some of the coaches who have openly expressed interest in the vacant job of the Benin national football team.
Hey, who coached Rwanda at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship before asking for termination of his contract had previously handled the national teams of Lesotho, The Gambia, Liberia and Kenya, as well as Tunisian club US Monastir and Sudanese Al-Merreikh.
He joins a long list of experienced coaches as Pieter de Jongh who coached clubs in South Africa ,Kenya, Rwanda and Swaziland where his one-year contract with the national team was cut short last year after a CHAN qualifiers loss to Zambia.
Former Bafana Bafana defender Komphela,50, is the other tactician.
Frenchman Neveu, 63, is highly experienced after previously managing Niger, Guinea, DR Congo and Mauritania on the continent.
The Beninese Federation (FBF) will name the new Squirrels coach after the National Executive Committee meeting in a month’s time where candidates will be shortlisted.
The post is vacant following the expiry of contract for former coach, Oumar Tchomogo.
Tchomgo’s contract expired in December 2017.
The new manager’s first competitive game will be in September away to neighbours Togo and the main task will be to lead Benin to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in a bid to play at AFCON since their success in 2004, 2008 and 2010.
Benin began their 2019 campaign with a comfortable 1-0 win over visiting Gambia and will fancy qualifying for Cameroon with Algeria the other team in Group D.