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Sadio Mane to lead Senegal’s campaign at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Sadio Mane will be expected to provide the majority of Senegal’s attacking threat along with Monaco striker Keita Balde at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

football Updated: May 18, 2018 15:19 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Dakar
2018 FIFA World Cup,Senegal national football team,Cheikhou Kouyate
Senegal have named their final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that also includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and midfielder Cheikh Kouyate of West Ham.(AP)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will lead Senegal’s hopes at their second World Cup appearance in Russia next month, after coach Aliou Cisse announced his 23-man squad in Dakar on Thursday.

Mane will be expected to provide the majority of the team’s attacking threat along with Monaco striker Keita Balde, with West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye also included.

The 26-year-old Mane has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side finish fourth in the Premier League and reach next week’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye, who plays for Horoya in Guinea, is the only African-based player to make the list.

Senegal have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002, when they stunned reigning champions France 1-0 in the opening match of the tournament.

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They begin their 2018 campaign against Poland in Moscow on June 19, before further Group H matches with Japan and Colombia.

Senegal 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes/FRA), Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya/GUI), Alfred Gomis (SPAL/ITA)

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/ITA), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor/TUR), Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht/BEL), Moussa Wague (Eupen/BEL), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux/FRA), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes/FRA), Salif Sane (Hanover/GER)

Midfielders: Badou Ndiaye (Stoke/ENG), Idrissa Gueye (Everton/ENG), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham/ENG), Cheikh N’Doye (Birmingham/ENG), Alfred N’Diaye (Wolves/ENG)

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool/ENG), Keita Balde (Monaco/FRA), Diafra Sakho (Rennes/FRA), Moussa Konate (Amiens/FRA), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes/FRA), M’Baye Niang (Torino/ITA), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor/TUR), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke/ENG)

First Published: May 18, 2018 15:19 IST