Senegal World Cup Focus: Aliou Cisse names squad

Senegal World Cup Focus: Aliou Cisse names squad
Keita Balde of Senegal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday May 18, 2018. 12:00

Senegal have announced their squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane headlines the 23-man squad.

Coach Aliou Cisse has included experienced players such as Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Mane as they hope to reach the knockout stages.

As skipper, Cisse led the class of 2002 that reached the quarter-finals in the country’s only previous World Cup appearance.

Moreover, the legendary defender will hope to achieve another historic feat this summer as they face the likes of Poland, Japan and Colombia in Group H in Russia.

The Lions of Teranga are up against Poland in their opening match on June 19 at Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

Senegal squad

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennais), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya Ath.), Alfred Gomis (SPAL 2013)

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli SSC), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Salif Sane (Hannover 96), Cheikh Tidiane Ndoye (Birmingham City), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Moussa Wague (KAS Eupen).

Midfielders: Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Forwards: Moussa Sow (Bursaspor), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Keita Balde (Monaco), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennais), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennais), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

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