Cissé unveils Senegal squad for CAN 2021 with elusive title hopes


Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé has named a team that he hopes will finally bring Senegal the elusive African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.

The 45-year-old tasted defeat in the final, first as captain in 2002 where he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to Cameroon, and then as a coach in 2019.

“I want this CAN. I’ve been chasing after him since 1999, “he said at the press conference after revealing the team.

For his third final as a coach, he selected a squad that includes 17 who have yet to play in the African football centerpiece biennial.

“It’s not the novelty (of the finals) that will make the difference, but they can bring a freshness of approach to the team,” he said.

However, there is also experience with Liverpool star Sadio Mane, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Senegal will begin preparations with a camp in Rwanda on Thursday.

“We chose Rwanda because they have the same characteristics as Bafoussam with the height,” said Cissé.

Senegal are in Group B and open their campaign against Zimbabwe on January 10.

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This is ahead of other matches against Guinea (January 14) and Malawi (January 18) for the tournament which begins on January 9 and runs through February 6.

Team

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, England), Alfred Gomis (Rennes, France), Sény Dieng (Queens Park Rangers, England)

Defenders: Bouna Sarr (Bayern Munich, Germany), Saliou Ciss (Nancy, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Pape Abou Cissé (Olympiacos, Greece), Abdou Diallo (PSG, France), Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna, Italy) , Abdoulaye Seck (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Fodé Ballo-Touré (Milan, Italy), Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace, England)

Midfielder: Pape Matar Sarr (FC Metz, France), Pape Gueye (Marseille, France), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City, England), Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG, France), Moustapha Name (Paris FC, France), Mamadou Loum Ndiaye ( Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Joseph Lopy (Sochaux, France)

Forward: Sadio Mané (Liverpool, England), Ismaila Sarr (Watford, England), Bamba Dieng (Marseille, France), Keita Baldé (Cagliari, Italy), Habib Diallo (Strasbourg, France), Boulaye Dia (Villareal, Spain), Famara Diédhiou (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Mame Baba Thiam (Kayserispor, Turkey).

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