Equatorial Guinea battle for pride against Senegal in Bata

Equatorial Guinea battle for pride against Senegal in Bata
epa06847501 Radamel Falcao (L) of Colombia tackles Lamine Gassama of Senegal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group H preliminary round soccer match between Senegal and Colombia in Samara, Russia, 28 June 2018.

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 14, 2018. 16:55

Equatorial Guinea will have nothing but pride and ranking points to play for when they host Senegal at the Estadio de Bata on Saturday, in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Teranga Lions have already booked their place at next year's showpiece in Cameroon, having done so with a 1-0 victory over Sudan in Khartoum last month.

Senegal, who boast star players like Liverpool's Sadio Mane, are level on 10 points atop Group A alongside sunrise package Madagascar who have already sealed their first ever ticket to an Afcon tournament.

Equatorial Guinea's only win of the qualifiers after four rounds of fixtures came against Sudan in Bata in September. Both teams have since suffered elimination and will only play for pride in the final two rounds of qualifiers.

Senegal will be without Keita Balde Diao for this weekend's clash after the Senegalese's federations sent his call-up letter to an email address no longer in use by Inter.

The winger is on-loan at the Italian giants from struggling French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

For all their star players over the years, it comes as a surprise that Senegal are yet to win an Afcon title, something head coach Aliou Cissé hopes to put right in Cameroon next year.

"The objective as I said, I want to go and win the 2019 Afcon," Cissé is quoted as saying.

"There are a dozen teams that can win this competition. We are aware of our strength, we are respected in Africa, we are respected in the world.

"Today, Senegal are able to beat any team, we are able to compete with any team in and outside the continent," he concluded.

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