Habib Beye: Senegal Legend Leads French Club Red Star to Ligue 2 Promotion

Habib Beye: Senegal Legend Leads French Club Red Star to Ligue 2 Promotion

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 21, 2024 at 1:56 PM
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  • Ex-West Ham star Habib Beye secured promotion with Red Star FC to the Ligue 2
  • The former Senegal defender led the team to promotion with four games remaining
  • Beye has attracted interest from Ligue 1 clubs after his performances with Red Star

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Former Senegal international, Habib Beye, has led French club Red Star FC to Ligue 2 promotion after a remarkable run in the Nacional League.

Red Star returns to Ligue 2 after five years in the Nacional Championnat, with four games to end the campaign.

Despite defeat to Dijon last Friday, it was enough for the league leaders to gain promotion as they hold a healthy ten-point lead at the top of the table.

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Habib Beye working as a pundit during a Ligue 1 game between PSG and Lille. Photo: Julien Mattia
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Beye, who played for Senegal between 2001 to 2008, started his coaching career in 2021 with Red Star as an assistant before later taking over as the main manager.

"It's a great moment! [...] The players must understand that they have achieved something extraordinary and that they must give themselves the means to reach a very high level by continuing to work because we're not going to let them go until May 18," he said after the promotion was confirmed, as spotted on the club social media page.

Red Star will also return to their main grounds, Stade Bauer for the first time in 26 years in Ligue 1, per the club's website.

Meanwhile, Beye is already attracting interest from Ligue 1 clubs after coming close to joining Lyon following the departure of Fabio Grosso.

"You know there was Lyon, it was clear and established. The club refused and I couldn't go against that. Lyon, it wasn't a rumor, it was something that could be done if I had expressed the wish to be able to leave. My contract is respected," said Beye.

Aliou Cisse to Senegal for World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Aliou Cisse believes Senegal can win the FIFA World Cup.

With Morocco making it to the semi-finals of the 2022 edition in Qatar, there is belief that African sides can emulate that success and potentially take it one step further.

Senegal head coach, Aliou Cissé, has now shared his thoughts on the potential of his squad, saying that they could go all the way and win the World Cup, Get Football News France reported.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.