- Senegal qualified for Poland 2019 as vice-champion of Africa
- on Terranga Lions will face the host country, Colombia and Tahiti
- Senegal remains in two good performances
The U-20 Senegal has dominated the African scene for six years, but Terranga Lions were disappointed: they reached the continental finish three times in a row but had to settle for the second place and the FIFA World Cup qualifying ticket U-20.
"For Senegal, playing three consecutive finals in Africa is not obvious," said Jusuf Dabo, coach of Teranga Lions, on the microphone. FIFA.com, "I think it's good to get to this stage of the race. This means that we always come first. One day it will pass.
The U-20 African Nations Cup marks an important turning point for the Senegalese team that has won its World Cup Qualifier after the final tournament, Terranga Lions and the best selections on the continent.
"Our World Cup qualifier is due to our Niger CAN course and our joining the finals, which was a good competition for us, and we felt that this group had made a lot of progress, and we made ourselves respected by everyone, and that's important – the trainer. "" It's a pity we missed a historic coronation.
The Senegalese team quickly began their preparations for the World Cup scheduled from May 23 to June 15. The african victors have arrived last Monday in Poland to make the final adjustments.
– The preparation goes well. Now we have the whole group with us and that's fine. We need to keep working well and focus on what we know how to do, "said the Senegalese technician who presented the official list of players called. Among them are Alpha Diokynu, Manchester City's great hope.
Beware of surprises
In the group stage, the Senegalese will face the host country, Colombia and Tahiti.
"We will now face Tahiti, which we do not know at all, and there are always some surprises for this type of opponent, with Colombia's minuses being regular in the race, while the Poles play at home, and they will be confident," says Dabo. , but was expected because we are talking about the World Cup. The games will certainly be challenged. We'll have chances, we'll catch them.
Senegal reached the semi-finals of New Zealand in 2015 before losing to another African team, Mali. Two years later, in the Republic of Korea, Terranga Lions fell to Mexico in a round of 16.
Dabo's plan is clear: "We will play without thinking about the two previous editions because it would be useless. We have to get out of our group. Then we will see. For the Senegalese coach, "all the teams that will be in Poland can win the tournament … and Senegal is one of them."