FIFA 2018 World Cup: A brief profile of Senegal – THE LIONS OF TERRANGA

 

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How they qualified: Senegal qualified from a tough group that has South Africa and Burkina Faso plus the unpredictable Cape Verde.

They had lady luck smiling their way after FIFA ordered for a replay of their game against Bafana Bafana which they had lost but went on to pick maximum points in the replay.

With a game to play, Senegal have 11 points, scored 8 goals and conceded just 2.

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Diafra Sakho

Key Player: The Terranga Lions have a wealth of talent in Sadio Mane, Balde Keita and Idris Gueye but the key man has been Diafra Sakho. The striker has netted twice for Senegal in the campaign although it has been more of team work.

Pedigree: Senegal has only played at the World Cup once in history but left a big mark by becoming only the second African nation to reach the quarter finals.

That was in 2002 when they lost 1-0 to Turkey in extra time but shocked holders France in the tournament’s opener.

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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse was part of the golden generation of Terranga Lions in 2002

Coach: Former Captain Aliou Cisse is the architecture of the successful campaign.

The former Pompey and Birmingham City player has previously coached the Junior side – under-23 side from 2012-2013 before heading back to the national team in a permanent position.