Senegal is Africa’s greatest hope in Qatar

Senegal is Africa’s greatest hope in Qatar

Senegal possesses the continent’s best chance of breaking through at the World Cup finals and hopes to make amends for their dismal performance in Russia, where they were ousted on disciplinary points.

Senegal are one of three African nations to have reached the World Cup quarterfinals, following Cameroon’s achievements in 1990 with a fairytale debut in 2002, which included a victory over tournament hosts France in the tournament’s opening match.

Ghana also advanced to the quarterfinals in 2010, but it was the last time Africa made an impact at the event.

Four years ago in Russia, all five of the continent’s representatives were eliminated in the first round, including Senegal, who were tied with Japan but were eliminated due to more bookings in their first three matches.

Since then, a number of French-born players have been added to the roster, including goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, defender Abdou Diallo, and midfielders Pape Gueye and Nampalys Mendy.

Senegal’s efforts to recruit players from the expanding European diaspora contributed to the country’s first African championship victory in February.

However, stalwarts such as captain Kalildou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, and Idrissa Gana Gueye were the driving force behind Senegal’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations and will likely do the same in Qatar.

This club season’s lack of playing time for many regulars is a disadvantage, but coach Aliou Cisse is putting on a brave front. This is a factor that we expected. “There is nothing worrisome; we are not in a state of panic,” he stated.

If Senegal are to have any hope of advancing from their first-round group, he will need more than match fitness. On November 21, Senegal will face the Netherlands, followed by hosts Qatar and Ecuador.

For Cisse, team spirit is the most important factor in future success. “Therein lies the power of this national squad, I believe. “Above and beyond the inherent qualities, the footballing qualities, there is this support, this solidarity, and this love in this team,” the coach stated.

“If we won the Cup of Nations, it is because this team embodies all of these ideals.” Their happiness while they are together is extraordinary.”

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