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World Cup in U20 – Senegal awaits its time

  • Senegal qualified for Poland 2019 as Africa's vice-champion
  • on Teranga Lions will face the host country, Colombia and Tahiti
  • Senegal remains on two good achievements

In the U-20, Senegal has dominated the African scene for six years, but on Teranga Lions were disappointed: they reached the continental final three times in a row, but had to agree on the second place and the qualifying ticket for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

"For Senegal, to play three consecutive African finals, it's not obvious," said Yusuf Dabo, coach of Teranga Lions, on the microphone. "I think it's good to get to this stage of the match, which means that each time we are approaching the first place, one day, it will pass."

The African Cup of Nations U-20 is a significant milestone for the Senegal team, which won its qualifying qualifying match after the tournament's final Teranga Lions and the best selections on the continent.

"Our qualifications for the World Cup are due to our Niger MOZ course and our entry into the final, which was a good competition for us." We felt that this group made a lot of progress, we respected everyone and that is important, "added the coach. "It's a pity that we missed historical crowning."

The Senegales quickly started preparations for the World Cup, scheduled for May 23 to June 15. Africa's deputy champions arrived last Monday in Poland to make final adjustments.

"Preparation is going well, now we have the entire group with us and that's fine. We have to keep working well and stay focused on what we know how to do it," said a Senegalese technician who unveiled the official list the curved players. Among them are Alfa Dionku, a great hope in Manchester City.

Beware of surprises

In the group stage, the Senegalese will face the host country, Colombia and Tahiti.

"We will already face Tahiti, which we do not know at all, and there are always surprises against this kind of opponent." According to the drawbacks, Colombia is regular in the competition, while the Poles play at home, they will be sure, "said Dabo. "It's a tough group, but it was expected because it's about the World Cup. Competitions will certainly be challenged, we will have the chances, we will use them."

Senegal reached the New Zealand 2015 semifinals before losing to another African team, Mali. Two years later, in the Republic of Korea, Teranga Lions fell to Mexico in the 16th round.

Dabo's plan is clear: "We'll play without thinking about the two previous releases because it would be useless. We need to get out of our group, then we'll see." For Senegal's coach, "all the teams that will be in Poland can win the tournament … and Senegal is one of them."

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