Tuesday Aug 20, 2019. 10:00
Senegal say the potential for player fatigue is behind their decision not to organise any friendly matches in the September FIFA International match window.
After appearing at the World Cup in 2018 and following a run to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt recently, where they lost to Algeria 1-0 in the decider, coach Aliou Cisse has decided he would rather give his players time off.
This is with the start of the new cycle of Nations Cup qualifiers looming in November, before which the Senegal Football Federation have committed to organising friendlies with “top-ranked” opponents in October.
The decision would appear to be a sensible one, especially given the lack of off-season for the players in recent years.
Senegal striker Sadio Mane, who plays for English Premier League Liverpool, was recently named as one of the busiest footballers in the world by player organisation FIFPro.
He was involved in 70 matches for club and country between May 25, 2018 and July 19, 2019, with 68% of these matches having less than the recommended five days recovery in between.
Mane was still not the busiest player in the world though, that fell to South Korea and Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son, who played an astonishing 78 matches in this period.