Senegal's Mohamed Mbaye ready for Mexico in Last 16 of U20 World Cup

Senegal's Mohamed Mbaye ready for Mexico in Last 16 of U20 World Cup
Mouhamed Mbaye

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday May 30, 2017. 13:30

Senegal U20 goalkeeper, Mohamed Mbaye says they are ready to face the Mexicans in their 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup Last 16 match.

The Young Lions of Teranga are set to fight for a quarter-final spot against the Mexicans on Thursday morning, but the match will not be an easy assignment.

Senegal will be without two of their influential defenders, centre-back Cavin Diagne who was sent off against Ecuador and Souleymae Aw who received his second caution and will both be suspended.

However, Ibrahima N'Diaye, who sat out the Ecuador fixture after being booked in his side's first two Group F games, will make his return.

N'Diaye's absence was felt by coach Joseph Koto, who played for the senior national team between 1980 and 1986 and coached the side in 2012.

"We could have won and topped this group to face [one of the third placed teams], but this is what we've got. We'll take it step by step.," Mbaye told

"Our next game is against Mexico and we're ready to play!."

Senegal are making their second appearance in the FIFA tournament after reaching the semi-finals on their debut in New Zealand two years ago.

The match will be staged at Incheon Stadium in Incheon on Thursday at 10h00 (CAT).

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