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Senegal arrives in Doha, Tunisia to reach knockouts – World Cup

November 14, 2022 4:57 pm

The Senegalese national football team has arrived in Qatar without their star player Sadio Mane ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The team arrived in the early hours of Monday in Doha after converging first in Paris.

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse named his 26-man squad for the Qatar World Cup last Friday, with Mane selected despite recently suffering a leg injury.

Initial reports suggested Mane would miss the World Cup, but Cisse believes the 30-year-old merits a place in the squad even if he is unlikely to be available for Senegal’s first game in Group A, against Netherlands.

About 90 percent of the 26-member squad are presently in camp with the likes of Nampalys Mendy, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ismaila Sarr and Iliman Ndiaye all spotted according to Ghanasoccernet.

This World Cup will be the third that the Teranga Lions have qualified for, and their first as reigning African champions. The African champions will open their World Cup account on Monday, November 21 when they take on Netherlands. Other members of their group A are host country Qatar and Ecuador.

Only three teams from Africa have reached the last eight at a World Cup, but Senegal reached that milestone in their first-ever appearance in 2002.

Captain Wahbi Khazri believes Tunisia have the quality to make it sixth time lucky at the World Cup in Qatar.

The North Africans have suffered group exits in all five of their previous appearances and boast just two wins from 15 games – the first against Mexico in 1978 and then against Panama in 2018.

Once again aiming to reach the knockout stages for the first time, Khazri is keen to start well against Denmark and Australia given their final Group D match comes against holders France.

“I believe we can make it out. We have a well-oiled team that has been together for a long time,” Khazri told BBC Sport Africa.

“France are superior to us and are competing for the title, Denmark is a good team and Australia is as well. I think we have a chance to play in the next round and we will have to be efficient in the first two games.

“Before the last World Cup in Russia, we delivered solid performances against Spain and Portugal, then beat Croatia a year after they finished as runners-up.

“We are able to perform against big teams. It will be a dream fulfilled to reach the second round.”

Tunisia made headlines when winning the four-nation Kirin Cup in June, seeing off Chile and hosts Japan, before beating Comoros 1-0 and losing 5-1 to Brazil in September’s World Cup warm-ups.

Khazri says the clash with five-time World Cup winners Brazil was beneficial, despite the heavy defeat.

“It was important to measure ourselves against the big teams because at the World Cup you will meet only the best,” the Montpellier attacking midfielder said.

“It allowed us to know what we are missing, and pick important lessons about what we can improve.”

Defending champion France boast a fearsome attack including Kylian Mbappe and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, while Denmark pushed hosts England hard in last year’s European Championship semi-finals.

“Denmark has a great team with talented players, and Christian Eriksen is in a great shape. They held off France in the Nations League,” Khazri said.

On paper, Tunisia’s realistic chance of grabbing their third World Cup victory could come against Australia, who are eight places below them in the world rankings at 38th.

“It’s difficult to talk about Australia because I didn’t watch many of their games,” Khazri admitted.

“But there are no easy games in this kind of competition, whether it’s France, Australia or Denmark. We are going to have the same approach to those three matches.”

Author: Sports Reporter

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