Diouf: Current Senegal team will struggle to match 2002 World Cup side

Diouf: Current Senegal team will struggle to match 2002 World Cup side
Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 16, 2017. 14:00

England-based striker Mame Biram Diouf has admitted that the current Senegal squad will find it tough to match the achievements of the Teranga Lions at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The Teranga Lions impressed in their debut appearance in the World Cup - beating France and they managed to reach the quarter-finals.

The Senegalese side featured the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Salif Diao and Aliou Cisse, the current Teranga Lions head coach.

"They put the bar so high, so it's a tough challenge but we have to believe in ourselves," Diouf told BBC Sport.

"We are a young team. Everyone has ambitions to do something at the World Cup. We will go there and try to do our best to beat the challenge,” the Senegalese player added.

"It's a big challenge but we will try to make it happen,” the Stoke City forward concluded.

Senegal, who are blessed with top European-based players, will be making their second appearance in the World Cup finals in Russia next year.

They have been pitted against Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H. Senegal will face Poland in their first group match on the 19th of June 2018.

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