The Senegalese government has joined Fifa and sports officials to begin repairing the chaotic state of the nation's football authorities a month before its World Cup qualifying campaign begins.
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A management group was formed Tuesday with a brief to restore the credibility of the national federation (FSF), organise elections and create a professional league.
The rescue plan has been created before Senegal hosts Algeria in Dakar on May 31, its first qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Soccer in Senegal has been in decline since the national team reached the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
A promised professional league never developed and accusations followed that funds were mismanaged.
A low point was reached when most of the federation's officials resigned after Senegal was knocked out at the group stage of the African Cup of Nations in January.
The meeting at world soccer's governing body brought together Senegal sports minister Dr Bacar Dia, National Olympic Committee president Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye and FSF president Bounama Dieye.
"I thank all parties present at this meeting and am delighted that it has produced a concrete plan of action for the benefit of Senegalese football,'' Fifa president Sepp Blatter said.
The interim management team will be led by Ndiaye and recognized by Fifa and the government.
Also on Tuesday, Fifa was challenged at the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, by Senegal international Moustapha Bayal Sall.
The 22-year-old midfielder appealed a four-month ban imposed by Fifa for signing for two clubs at the same time.
Sall's current club, Saint Etienne of France, also appealed a Fifa order to pay $150,000 compensation to his previous club, IK Start of Norway. A ruling is expected in several weeks.