Senegal: Five players to watch

Senegal: Five players to watch

Undoubtedly, Senegal will wish to stay away from a recurrence of their Qatar campaign from Russia 2018. Aliou Cisse’s team finished level with Japan on four points, but they received two more yellow cards, making the Lions of Teranga the only team to ever be ousted from a Fifa World CupTM group stage due to their fair-play record.

Senegal will come to Qatar with a new status — that of continental champions — an accomplishment that has done wonders for their confidence, 20 years after Bruno Metsu’s team stunned the football world by reaching the quarterfinals at Korea/Japan 2002. The following five Senegalese athletes should be on your radar for Qatar 2022.

Emmanuel Mendy

Goalkeeper is the position

Age: 30


Mendy was improving his developing reputation in goal for the unassuming French club Reims four years ago. He has since developed into one of the world’s top goalkeepers. The Chelsea goalkeeper had a fantastic year in 2021, winning the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Super Cup. His outstanding efforts, as well as his toughness, dedication, and rigor, were recognized in January with The Best Fifa Men’s Goalkeeper title.

Mendy, who possesses an imposing size, excellent reach, and a calming presence, has quickly become one of Senegal’s most important players.

Koulibaly Kalidou

Place: Defender

Age: 31

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Aliou Cisse has a lot of faith in Koulibaly, the new Chelsea recruit, and has given him the captain’s armband for 2019—a year after the World Cup in Russia—as well as the responsibility of leading the Senegalese rearguard. The right-footed center-back is noted for his on-field confidence, sharp interceptions, and strong clearances. Technically gifted and a wise decision-maker, he can restart play from the back, aiding in counterattacks and providing an additional option when his teammates are up against a tight defense.

The strong and powerful Koulibaly is a tough man-marker and is regarded as one of the planet’s most intimidating defenders.

Gueye, Idrissa

the midfielder position

Age: 32

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Gueye, who has the ability to both speed up and slow down the game, is the Lions of Teranga’s beating heart. He is skilled at generating an overlap and completing the pass, and he also has great ball winning and interception skills. Gueye is the ideal fit for Senegal’s playing style because of his ability to read the game.

The former Aston Villa and Paris Saint-Germain star excels in big games and enjoys the pressure. The Dakar native, who recently celebrated his nation’s triumph at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, is now aspiring to even greater success while wearing a Senegal jersey.

Cally Nampalys

the midfielder position

Age: 30

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Mendy has revitalized his career as he prepares to compete in his first World Cup thanks to his outstanding performances during the Afcon in Cameroon.

The little player gives the Senegalese midfield some extra speed, and because to his physical power and low center of gravity, he can keep his balance in confined places. Mendy is a dependable player who is tactically sound and has a high level of stamina that allows him to cover a sizable portion of the field. He also has strong ball-winning abilities, the ability to use his body to fend off opponents, and a wide variety of passing ranges.

Ndiaye, Iliman

the midfielder position

Age: 22

Ndiaye may be the World Cup’s top performer given that Sadio Mane is sidelined with an injury. Along with Krepin Diatta and Ismaila Sarr, the 22-year-old epitomizes the attacking line-youth up’s for the Lions of Teranga.

Fast and ambidextrous player Ndiaye is a player Aliou Cisse can use like a Swiss Army knife because of his versatility. He is a playmaker who can play in the front line, on the wings, at the back, or even as an attacking midfielder.

Ndiaye might very well be one of the World Cup’s surprises due to his mobility, technical skill, and penchant for attacking. He is someone to keep a careful eye on.