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Senegal World Cup squad: Introducing the Teranga Lions

7:37 PM GMT+4 21/11/2022
Gueye, Koulibaly, Mendy
GOAL’s Ed Dove introduces the 26 men set to represent Africa’s champions in Qatar
  • GK_Edouard Mendy

    Edouard Mendy

    Undisputed No. 1 whose stock has fallen after a difficult start to the season with Chelsea.

    He was one of the heroes of the Africa Cup of Nations success earlier this year, but only got his place back with the Blues due to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s injury.

  • GK_Seny Dieng

    Seny Dieng

    Second-choice goalkeeper, on the books of Championship Queens Park Rangers, who was born in Switzerland to a Senegalese father.

    He played twice during the successful Afcon campaign.

  • GK_Alfred Gomis

    Alfred Gomis

    Ziguinchor-born long-term back-up who has now found himself third in the pecking order after the emergence of Dieng.

    He has an excellent record with Senegal, winning 12 of his 14 internationals.

  • DF_Kalidou Koulibaly

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Chelsea centre-back who has been considered one of the finest in his position in recent years, although he took his time to make the move from Napoli to the Premier League.

    Imperious at the Nations Cup, he’ll again be looking to reassert himself as one of the world’s finest after a difficult few months in West London.

  • DF_Abdou Diallo

    Abdou Diallo

    France-born youngster who has emerged as the natural partner for Koulibaly in the heart of the defence.

    He excelled during the Afcon, catching the eye with his composure and use of the ball, but has picked up an injury ahead of the tournament.

  • DF_Youssouf Sabaly

    Youssouf Sabaly

    Right-back who featured at the last World Cup and is returning to the squad after missing the Afcon due to injury.

    His return means that Bouna Sarr—who misses out with injury—will not be badly missed by the Teranga Lions.

  • DF_Formose Mendy

    Formose Mendy

    Versatile defensive option who looks comfortable on the right or in the centre of the defence, Mendy, who is on the books of Ligue 2 Amiens, represented Senegal at U-20 level.

  • DF_Pape Abou Cisse

    Pape Abou Cisse

    Defensive cover who is a contender to come into the side if Diallo struggles for fitness.

    He’s an effective aerial presence in both boxes, and is married to a local movie star Louise Diaw.

  • DF_Fode Ballo-Toure

    Fode Ballo-Toure

    AC Milan full-back whose emergency surely made it that bit easier for Aliou Cisse not to call up Saliou Ciss, who started for the Lions at the Nations Cup but has been dropped after failing to find a new club having left Nancy in the summer.

    Ballo-Toure could have represented Mali or France.

  • MF_Moustapha Name

    Moustapha Name

    Back-up utility man who was a Naitons Cup winner despite not getting off the bench during the tournament.

    He’s chipped in with some goals in Cyprus with Paphos after leaving Paris FC.

  • DF_Ismail Jakobs

    Ismail Jakobs

    A former Germany U-21 international, Jakobs played for Senegal in September but is now a doubt for the tournament due to administrative reasons—with Fifa not yet finalising his nationality switch.

    It would be a real blow for the 23-year-old, who faces an anxious wait to see whether his nationality switch can be ratified in time for him to play some part in the tournament.

    He could have been a valuable back-up to Ballo-Toure.

  • MF_Idrissa Gana Gueye

    Idrissa Gana Gueye

    One of Senegal’s key players, Gueye is one of the squad’s leaders and is fast approaching a century of caps with the Teranga Lions.

    He won two French titles with Paris Saint-Germain, and has recently returned to Everton to add defensive rigour to Frank Lampard’s midfield.

  • Nampalys Mendy of Senegal.

    Nampalys Mendy

    Midfield metronome who made a big impact as a starter during the Nations Cup run, having previously resisted committing to Senegal…despite his protestations to the contrary.

    An effective passer, there are concerns about Mendy’s sharpness after being used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City so far this season.

  • MF_Cheikhou Kouyate

    Cheikhou Kouyate

    Ageing presence, but with the best part of a decade of Premier League experience under his belt, Kouyate remains a valuable and imposing presence in the squad.

    He played a valuable role as one of Aliou Cisse’s mouthpieces on the pitch, and is a key influence behind the scenes.

  • MF_Pape Gueye

    Pape Gueye

    Passmaster who’s on the books of Olympique de Marseille, Gueye is one of several back-up midfield options who could help Aliou Cisse diversity his starting XI and give the team fresh options.

  • MF_Krepin Diatta

    Krepin Diatta

    Injury problems have prevented Diatta from truly realising the potential of his youth, although he’s on the comeback trail after missing the Nations Cup due to a serious injury.

    Still on the books of AS Monaco, his versatility should help Senegal, particularly as they attempt to compensate for the loss of Mane.

  • MF_Pathe Ciss

    Pathe Ciss

    While his elder brother Saliou hasn’t made the cut, Diambars graduate Ciss has the potential to be one of Africa’s revelations this tournament.

    He’s impressed in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano this term, excelling in the recent 3-2 victory over Real Madrid.

  • MF_Pape Matar Sarr

    Pape Matar Sarr

    Wonderkid and reigning Caf Young Player of the Year, Sarr has failed to break into the Tottenham Hotspur first team this season, having been relegated with FC Metz last season.

    He offers something different to the team’s first-choice midfielders, but will be short of match sharpness.

  • Mamadou Loum

    Mamadou Loum

    Powerful defensive midfielder who will likely emerge as the long-term successor to Kouyate.

    For now, he must content himself with a back-up role in the squad, although he could be used to close off games and preserve the midfield’s ageing legs.

  • Moussa N’Diaye

    The 20-year-old was a late arrival in the camp, having been called up by Cisse as the replacement for Mane.

    He’ll provide left-back cover—which will be vital if Jakobs is unable to participate—and signed for Anderlecht from Barcelona B in the summer.

    The youngster is uncapped, but did represent Senegal at the U-20 World Cup.

  • FW_Iliman Cheikh Baroy Ndiaye

    Iliman Ndiaye

    Relatively new arrival in the squad, having only made his debut in June, but the Bristol City man has the potential to be an x-factor for Senegal during the tournament.

    Certainly, he’ll be one of the players who could be candidates to replace Mane, and with nine goals in the Championship so far this season, he’s heading into the tournament in fine form.

  • Ismaila Sarr, Senegal

    Ismaila Sarr

    A late arrival in the camp during the Nations Cup success, Sarr gave Senegal added impetus in the latter stages, scoring in the quarter-final before registering an assist in the semi.

    He’s back in the Championship with Watford after twice being relegated from the top flight, having failed to tempt a Premier League club to bid for him.

  • FW_Famara Diedhiou

    Famara Diedhiou

    Towering forward who represents a valuable Plan B off the bench.

    He’s effective as a leading striker, or in a more supporting role as a target man to bring other players into the game.

  • FW_Bamba Dieng

    Bamba Dieng

    Subject of deadline day transfer drama when moves to both Leeds United and OGC Nice fell through, he remains at Olympique de Marseille, where he’s been integrated back into the starting XI.

    Dieng is a promising talent although, at 22, he’s more likely to be used as an impact sub.

  • FW_Boulaye Dia

    Boulaye Dia

    Likely to lead the line as the starting striker having seen off competition from the likes of Diedhiou.

    He was born in France, and has six Serie A goals with Salernitana so far this season.

  • FW_Nicolas Jackson

    Nicolas Jackson

    A revelation in La Liga with Villarreal this season, the Gambia-born wideman could be one of the contenders to replace Mane.

    He’s been tipped for a move to the Premier League next year.