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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Profile-Senegal national football team

Published on: 20 June 2019

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (14) 1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017

Best performance: Runners-up 2002

Drawn in Group C with Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

Coach: Aliou Cisse

He captained Senegal at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where they beat holders France in the opening game and reached the quarter final.

His club career took in spells at Lille and Paris St Germain before playing in the English Premier League with Birmingham City and Portsmouth.

He coached Senegal's under-23 team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then took over the senior side in 2015 and will be coaching at a second successive Cup of Nations finals.

The 43-year-old also qualified Senegal for the last World Cup finals in Russia.

Key player: Sadio Mane. Age: 27. Winger.

Mane competes at a third Cup of Nations finals, hoping to put behind him the disappointment of the previous two, where Senegal were heavily fancied but flopped.

He became Africa's most expensive footballer when he cost Liverpool 34 million pounds ($42.81 million) from Southampton in mid-2016 and has gone onto become a Champions League winner with the Merseysiders.

He made his international debut in 2012 and now has 60 caps and represented Senegal at the 2012 Olympics and 2018 World Cup finals.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 22

How they qualified: Top place in Group A, ahead of Madagascar, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan

Squad

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Edouard Mendy (Stade Reims)

Defenders: Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes) Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiakos), Lamine Gassama (Goztepespor), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Moussa Wague (Barcelona), Youssouf Sabaly (Girondins Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Schalke 04)

Midfielders: Krepin Diatta (Club Bruges), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace), Alfred Ndiaye (Villarreal), Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray), Henri Saivet (Bursaspor), Sada Thioub (Nimes)

Forwards: Keita Balde (Inter Milan), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang, Ismaila Sarr (both Stade Rennes)

Source: Reuters.com

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