“It was a failure and it is the coach’s responsibility,” said Augustin Senghor, president of the Senegalese Football Federation, reported the Senegalese Press Agency.
“Decisions had to be taken and the executive committee has decided to end its collaboration with the coach and his backup staff.”
Traore insisted he would not resign having achieved his initial goal of qualifying the team for the CAN.
However, before leaving for Equatorial Guinea he signed a contract saying he had to get the team to the semi-finals.
The Federation has asked Olympic selection coaches Karim Sega Diouf and Aliou Cisse to take over in the interim as Senegal’s Lions head off to play a friendly match against South Africa on February 29.