While the U20 World Cup begins in a handful of days in Argentina, the under-20s of Senegal were defeated in a friendly on Saturday by the United States (1-2). Obviously a bad omen for the confidence of the troops of Malick Diaf, who will however have the opportunity to catch up against South Korea in three days. Just to get back on track before starting the tournament…
The warm-up matches before a major competition allow coaches to test different strategies, fine-tune tactics and make final adjustments before the big day. For this first test against the Americans, which took place at the Guamini stadium in Buenos Aires, the Cubs of Teranga lost by a score of 2 goals to 1. The Senegalese goal was scored by Souleymane Faye, who plays in the Spanish third division alongside Talavera Club (29 games, 1 goal this season).
In order not to remain on a setback before the start of hostilities, Malick Diaf’s troops will try to overcome South Korea on Tuesday. For the recent CAN U20 winners, the competition will begin on May 21 against another major Asian team: Japan. Next will come to the program Israel and Colombia.
Preparation FIFA WC U20 | For their first preparation match in Argentina, Senegal lost 2-1 against the United States. Souleymane Faye is the author of the Senegalese goal. Next match on May 16 against South Korea. #SENUSA #Friendly pic.twitter.com/bq2pJBcuOF
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Amputated of its 2 nuggets…
Lamine Camara, voted best player of the last CAN U20, and Pape Amadou Diallo are not traveling to Argentina. Sports choice? Injury ? Nothing of that. The two promising FC Metz players were simply retained by their club. Obviously a disappointment for coach Malick Diaf, even if he wants to put things into perspective and highlight the other members of the collective.
“It’s a good group in which all the players are equal. They were not summoned because their club, which is playing the rise in Ligue 1, retained them. I hope they will succeed in their goal. We are here to represent our dear country, and those who are present are ready to defend the colors. They have this chance, it is up to them to seize it.” recently spoke the technician at the microphone of Wiwsport. If he will not be able to rely on the two Garnets who therefore remained in Moselle, he will however be able to count on 20 of the 26 players present at the AFCON U20including Pape Demba Diop, the top scorer of the tournament which took place in Egypt.