Senegal name final 23 man World Cup squad
Senegal has named its final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group which includes players like key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
Coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 Senegal team that reached the quarterfinals in the country’s only previous World Cup appearance, hopes to re-live the past in the upcoming tournament as they face a tough group consisting of Poland, Japan and Colombia in the group stage in Russia.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennais), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya Ath.), Alfred Gomis (SPAL 2013)
Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli SSC), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Salif Sane (Hannover 96), Cheikh Tidiane Ndoye (Birmingham City), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Moussa Wague (KAS Eupen).
Midfielders: Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Forwards: Moussa Sow (Bursaspor), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Keita Balde (Monaco), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennais), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennais), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).
Senegal will be hoping to emulate their run from the 2002 World Cup, and as they find themselves in a highly competitive group they will fancy their chances of reaching at least the round of 16 where they would meet one of Belgium, Tunisia, England or Panama.
Senegal’s first World Cup game is against Poland on 19th June at 5PM Egyptian time.
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