Wednesday Dec 13, 2017. 09:30
Senegal international goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye says he is not scared of any team in their group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The net minder has singled out Poland’s lanky striker, Robert Lewandowski, saying he is not having sleepless nights as they will meet the Europeans on June 19.
The Lions of Teranga will open their group stage account against Poland, but Ndiaye is confident they will have no trouble qualifying from their pool.
“I do not fear any player, Lewandowski or any team. Whether it’s called Poland, Colombia or Japan, it does not matter to me,” Nd’iaye told Senegal 7.
“If it was a big players’ affair only, (Lionel) Messi’s Argentina or Cristiano’s (Ronaldo) Portugal would have won the World Cup. We respect our opponents in our group, but we will never let down the guard.
“I intend to give my best to be at the top of the World Cup and to ensure that the Senegal flag is well set in Russia. We will do everything so that after the World Cup we will be higher.”
N’diaye earned his first call up for the West Africans in November 2009 and made his debut against Denmark a year later.
In their second game, coach Aliou Cisse’s side will meet Japan on June 24, before wrapping up their group stage campaign against Colombia four days later.