Senegal coach Aliou Cissé has been forced to make many changes from his list of 26 players unveiled last week for the last two days of the CAN 2021 qualifiers which will see the Lions, already qualified, face the Congo (March 26) and Eswatini (March 30).
Even if he can finally count on several Ligue 1 players like Idrissa Gueye and the new kids Abdou Diallo, Fodé Ballo-Touré and Pape Matar Sarr, the technician must do without elements like Edouard Mendy (Chelsea ) and Ismaila Sarr (Watford), packages, as well as Alfred Gomis (Rennes), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Pape Abou Cissé (ASSE), Saliou Ciss (Nancy), Moustapha Name (Paris FC) or Youssouph Badji ( FC Bruges), all retained by their club. These unavailabilities have prompted Cisse to call 13 additional reinforcements in the last few days!
Among them, goalkeepers Seny Dieng (QPR) and Pape Seydou Ndiaye (Jaraaf), side Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna) and Arial Mendy (Servette FC), midfielders Assane Dioussé (Ankaragucu) and Mamadou Loum Ndiaye (Porto), the Sochaliens Joseph Lopy and Abdallah Ndour, as well as five new ones: Mamadou Fall (Charleroi), Khadim Rassoul Joher (Adana Demirspor), Alassane Ndaw (Karagümrük), the local Madické Kane (Jaraaf) and especially the striker Abdallah Sima. Revealed this season with Slavia Prague, the 19-year-old has scored 4 goals in the Europa League and is about to discover the lair. From 26, Cissé’s list therefore finally increased to 31 items!
Senegal’s final list:
Goalkeepers: Timothy Dieng (QPR), Bingourou Kamara (Strasbourg) Pape Seydou Ndiaye (Jaraaf)
Defenders: Ousseynou Bâ (Olympiakos), Abdou Diallo (PSG), Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples), Fodé Ballo-Touré (Monaco), Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace), Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna), Arial Mendy (Servette), Abdoulaye Seck ( Royal Antwerp), Abdallah Ndour (Sochaux)
Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG), Assane Dioussé (Ankaragucu), Khadim Rassoul Joher (Adana Demirspor), Franck Kanouté (Cercle Bruges), Madické Kane (Jaraaf), Joseph Lopy (Sochaux), Mamadou Loum Ndiaye (Porto) , Papa Matar Sarr (Metz), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester)
Forwards: Keïta Baldé (Sampdoria), Boulaye Dia (Reims), Mbaye Diagne (West Bromwich), Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Mamadou Fall (Charleroi), Famara Diédhiou (Bristol), Krépin Diatta (Monaco), Abdallah Sima (Slavia Prague ), Mame Baba Thiam (Fenerbahçe), Alassane Ndaw (Karagümrük)