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Senegal claim World Cup return after 16 years

Senegal National Team

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have marked a return to the World Cup after 16 years of absence after beating South Africa 2-0 away from home to book a ticket to Russia 2018.

Senegal’s last appearance in the World Cup was in 2002 in South Korea and Japan, where they make it to the quarterfinals but failed to advance further after sustaining a 1-0 defeat to Turkey.

Liverpool man Sadio Mane was the standout performer in the Senegalese team. The 25-year-old winger set up West Ham striker Diafra Sakho to put Lions of Teranga in the lead after 12 minutes.

26 minutes later, Sakho ran his way on the right flank on the break and sent a low cross to Mane whose weak finish was saved by the keeper but it ironically rebounded off the back of South Africa defender Thamsanqa Mkhize into the back of the net.

Senegal is the third African nation to secure qualification to the world’s most prestigious competition after Nigeria and Egypt who managed to accomplish the target.

Aliou Cissé’s men topped Group D of the African qualifiers with 11 points from five games to earn qualification, with one remaining game against South Africa to take place in Dakar.

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