Route to Russia:

They topped their group after an unbeaten run in Group D of the AFCON qualification section for this summer’s tournament.

They beat the likes of Burkina Faso, South Africa and Cape Verde to get to this point.

How far can they get:

The knockouts are certainly possible.

In Group H, the African nation will come up against the likes of Poland, Japan and Colombia in what is arguably the most open of all eight groups.

They won’t be the favourites to progress, of course, but they’ve got a chance and will relish their first World Cup since 2002.

Manager:

Portsmouth and Birmingham fans may remember Aliou Cisse from the early to mid-2000’s.

Mainly a player in France, though, Cisse has got plenty of experience representing Senegal as both a member of the playing staff and now manager.

He’s also set to be one of the youngest coaches at the tournament.

One to watch:

Sadio Mane.

Liverpool’s winger enjoyed another fine season for goals and assists at Anfield and was the Reds’ best player in the Champions League final in Kiev.

He’ll be the man Senegal look to to make a difference with his explosive pace and directness.

 



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