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Mane and Sarr to start - Predicting the Senegal XI for Afcon semi-final

06:51 IST 02/02/2022
Sadio Mane of Senegal 2021.
GOAL predicts how the Lions of Teranga could line up in the semi-final clash against the Stallions at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Wednesday

Senegal will come up against Burkina Faso in the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Wednesday.

The Lions of Teranga are seeking their first-ever Afcon title at the 33rd edition in Cameroon despite making 16 appearances. Below GOAL predicts how coach Aliou Cisse could line up his players.

  • CAN 2022 Sénégal Edouard Mendy Saliou Ciss

    Goalkeeper - Edouard Mendy

    Despite conceding against Equatorial Guinea in the quarter-finals, the Chelsea shot-stopper has been in great form since recovering from Covid-19 as he managed to keep clean sheets against Malawi in their final group phase fixture and against Cape Verde in the Round of 16.

    He will likely keep his spot as the Lions of Teranga target to reach a second successive final.

  • Bouna Sarr of Senegal.

    Defender - Bouna Sarr

    The 30-year-old, who features for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich has been instrumental for the Lions of Teranga in the right position, where he also overlaps from the wing and he will definitely remain Aliou Cisse's preferred player in that position.

  • 2018-06-18-Senegal-Saliou Ciss

    Defender - Saliou Ciss

    Despite being booked in the quarter-final game against Nzalang Nacional, Ciss, who turns out for French Ligue 2 club Nancy, has played a key role for Senegal in the Afcon campaign and will likely keep his position against the Stallions.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Senegal

    Defender - Kalidou Koulibaly

    The 30-year-old Napoli defender missed the first two group matches owing to Covid-19 but has kept his position since making a comeback in the game against Malawi.

    Being the captain of the side, Koulibaly will be expected to lead by example and help Seegal reach the final.

  • Abdou Diallo of Senegal.

    Defender - Abdou Diallo

    The 25-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player has featured in every game for Senegal at Afcon and his solid display especially in the 3-1 quarter-final win against Equatorial Guinea gives him another chance to keep the spot.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Midfielder - Cheikhou Kouyate

    The Crystal Palace midfielder has also featured in every game for Cisse in Cameroon and against Nzalang Nacional he was among the goals after tapping home a sweeping move to make it 2-1.

    He remains a sure bet to face the Stallions at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

  • Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

    Midfielder - Idrissa Gueye

    The PSG player pulled a superb display in the middle of the park against Equatorial Guinea and coach Cisse will likely keep him to do the same job against the Stallions.

  • Nampalys Mendy, Senegal, January 2022

    Midfielder - Nampalys Mendy

    The 29-year-old Leicester City midfielder was named man of the match after his commanding display against Nzalang Nacional and he will definitely keep his starting position to help Senegal reach another final.

  • Pape Gueye of Senegal challenged by Ianique dos Santos Tavares Stopira of Cape Verde.

    Midfielder - Pape Gueye

    The Olympique de Marseille star was also booked against Equatorial Guinea but his overall performance was spot on, with his usual creative runs troubling opponents. He will likely maintain his position against the Stallions.

  • Ismaila Sarr of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Final.

    Winger - Ismaila Sarr

    The Watford winger returned to action after recovering from injury to score the third goal against Equatorial Guinea and he will likely get the nod to start as the Lions of Teranga go out searching for goals.

  • Sadio Mane (R) of Senegal in action against Ivan Salvador of Equatorial Guinea.

    Forward - Sadio Mane

    The Liverpool star set up one goal against Equatorial Guinea and with two goals already in the tournament, he will likely get another chance to add to his tally as well as help Senegal to reach the final.