March 27, 2023

At the top of their qualifying group for CAN 2023 after their victories against Benin (3-1) and Rwanda (1-0), Senegal will face Mozambique on March 24 (in Diamniadio) and March 28 (in Maputo) in the framework of the 3e and 4e qualifying days.

For the occasion, the coach of the Lions, Aliou Cissé, usual supporter of stability, published this Friday a list of 24 names with many movements. If Sadio Mané, who withdrew from injury for the 2022 World Cup, is obviously back after having recently returned to the field with Bayern Munich, on the other hand 10 players present in Qatar leave the group!

The injured, the failed, the U23s…

First of all, there are executives Edouard Mendy, Abdou Diallo, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Ismaila Sarr, absent due to injury. Plus defenders Pape Abou Cissé and Fodé Ballo-Touré and striker Famara Diédhiou, who are paying for their club status. Finally, Mamadou Loum Ndiaye, Moustapha Name or even Nicolas Jackson have certainly been left at the disposal of the U23 selection which will play its qualification for the CAN.

Inevitably, these absences open doors. Thus, the midfielder of Reims, Dion Lopy, and the winger of Simba in Tanzania, Pape Ousmane Sakho, real surprise of this list, are the two novelties of Cissé. Already summoned before the World Cup but without having had the opportunity to honor their first cap, defenders Moussa Niakhate and Noah Fadiga are recalled and could make their big debut. Finally, Abdoulaye Seck and Abdallah Ndour in defense and Habib Diallo in attack are also celebrating their comeback. Besides Mané, executives Kalidou Koulibaly and Gana Gueye will be there.

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