Sunday Jan 16, 2022. 16:00
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is out of Covid-19 quarantine and is set for his first game at AFCON 2021 this Tuesday.
Mendy and three other players have been in Covid-19 quarantine since the start of the AFCON 2021 and missed Senegal’s last two Group B matches against Zimbabwe and Guinea.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is the other high profile player who was also in quarantine as Covid-19 continues to be recurring theme for the Teranga Lions pre and during AFCON 2021.
“Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy as well as Ballo Touré and Idrissa Gana came out of quarantine after they all tested negative for Covid-19,” Senegal daily Sud Quotidien reported.
“These top players are back and participated in this Saturday’s recovery session on the team hotel grounds.”
But the quartet worked-out separately from Senegal coach Aliou Cisse’s main group of players.
Senegal head into their final Group B clash on January 18 against Malawi battling to consolidate a top two finish that will hand them automatic last 16 qualification.
This is after Senegal finished 0-0 last Friday in their big derby against their southern neighbours and Group B leaders Guinea.
Leaders Guinea has 4 points, tied with Senegal while Malawi are third on 3 points.
Zimbabwe are out of contention on zero points after two rounds played.