Senegal National Team Seeks to Shine in the World Cup

  • Publish date: Thursday، 17 November 2022
Senegal National Team Seeks to Shine in the World Cup

After winning the African Nations Cup for the first time in its history, last February, the Senegalese team will participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, seeking to repeat the achievement of the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002.

The "Lions of Teranga", will seek, during its third participation in the World Cup, to restore that beautiful image that is still imprinted in the memory of the football fans, when Senegal stunned the world in the 2002 World Cup, and erase the faded image that appeared in the World Cup Russia 2018, when they eliminated from the group stage.

The Senegal team will start their campaign against the Netherlands on November 21 at Al Thumama Stadium, before meeting the Qatari team on the 25th of the same month at Al Thumama Stadium as well, and then meet Ecuador in the third match on November 29 at Khalifa International Stadium.

The Senegalese federation chose Al Duhail Hall Hotel as the headquarters for the national team in the World Cup, and the team will train at Al Duhail Sports Club stadium.

The Senegalese team relies a lot on its coach, Aliou Cisse, who was one of the stars of the 2002 World Cup generation, so he is trying to establish that experience in the minds of the current generation, hoping to repeat it again.

In light of the lack of clarity about the readiness of Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane, who was called to the World Cup despite his injury.

The Senegal national team is counting on a group of professional players in Europe, led by Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, who lost his place in the Blues squad to Spanish goalkeeper Kepa, and Mendy sees in the World Cup an opportunity to restore his impressive level in the 2020/2020 season.

In addition to Idrissa Gaye, the Everton player, who has previously starred with Paris Saint-Germain, and Leicester City's midfielder, Mendy, in addition to Ismaila Sarr, Watford's star, and last but not least, Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea's defender.

Senegalese football has presented distinguished generations of players, led by Jules Bokandi, the Senegalese football legend and one of the best players in the African continent in the eighties and nineties of the last century, as well as Henri Camara, the national team's historical scorer with 29 goals, and the most participating in the national team shirt with 99 games.

El Hadji Diouf is also one of the Senegalese football stars, as he played 70 matches with the national team, in which he scored 24 goals, and was one of the most prominent members of the golden generation in the 2002 World Cup, along with Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the historic goal against France at the time.

It is worth noting that the Senegalese team, during its two previous World Cup participation, played 8 matches, winning 3, drawing 3, losing two matches, scoring 11 goals, and conceding 10 goals.