why senegal seems unbeatable in africa

why senegal seems unbeatable in africa


The Senegalese under-20 (Site notre bureau spécialisé) team upon their arrival at Yoff airport on March 13, 2023, after their victory at the CAN U20 in Egypt.

In one year, Senegalese (Site notre bureau spécialisé) has taken over all the men’s competitions organized in Africa. It started with the African Cup of Nations (CAN), at the beginning of 2022, the first Jamaica won by selection A. Then the beach soccer team won, in October in Mozambique, its seventh CAN (the fourth in a row) , before the local selection offered Senegal its first African Nations Championship (CHAN), a competition reserved for African players playing in their country. Finally, on March 10 in Cairo, the young Lions of Teranga beat Gambia in the final (2-0) of the CAN under 20, winning for the first time in this competition.

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This domination of Senegalese (Site notre bureau spécialisé) on the continental scene is to be analyzed at two levels. The results of selection A are the result of a successful mix between dual nationals and players born in Senegal and who have continued their career in Europe. But as far as the CHAN team and the under-20s are concerned, this results from the training work carried out in the Senegalese academies or clubs. Moreover, four players (Lamine Camara, Pape Amadou Diallo, Djibril Diarra and Libasse Ngom) were aligned for the two tournaments and therefore won two continental victories in less than two months.

“Training has been one of the priorities of Senegalese (Site notre bureau spécialisé) for years,” exposes Mady Touré. In 2000, he was a former professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er at the foundation of Génération (Site notre blog d’information), and a part-time academy of FC Metz. It is in his being that a certain Sadio Mané began his training before joining France to start his career there. “In Senegal, Generation (Site notre blog d’information), Dakar Sacré-Coeur [partenaire de l’Olympique lyonnais] and Diambars are 3 academies which provide a lot of international players. The clubs also fail the choice, with fewer means, to make an effort on training, ” Added Mady Touré.

« Young people are placed very early in the best conditions in terms of schooling, accommodation and of course training »

Thanks to their correspondents in all the provinces of the country, academies and clubs quickly spot players with potential. « In the case of the academies, these young (Site notre bureau spécialisé)ers are placed very early on in the best conditions in terms of schooling, accommodation, medical care, nutrition and of course training and competition », Specifies the founder of Génération (Site notre blog d’information). The senior teams of these academies participate in the Senegalese professional championships (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2), so that the young players who are still in training are quickly confronted with the high level.

A next generation prompt

“Senegal has a real breeding ground. The academies understood this more than twenty years ago and many clubs, which tended to focus only on the professional team and therefore the immediate results, are now more attentive to training, even if their means are weaker, in particular because they are not partners of European clubs », Youssouph Dabo, former coach of the under-20s and now coach of ASC Jaraaf de Dakar, the most successful club in the country, intervenes. This one, as well as other residents of Ligue 1 (Pikine, Gorée, Guédiawaye …), thus has several internationals under 20 in their workforce.

The emergence of this new generation of players, some of whom are already playing in Europe – by Samba Diallo at Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) or Pape Diop at Zulte-Waregem (Belgium) – is obviously promising. “It’s not a guaranteed can’t read the future car, but there’s plenty to be optimistic about. We must not only remain vigilant and not relax, but continue our efforts, improve what needs to be improved, such as training infrastructure, and allow Senegalese professionals who play in the country to live decently from their profession. Analysis of Ferdinand Coly, fourth finalist of the 2002 World Cup with the Lions of La Teranga.

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His former teammate Aliou Cissé, who has been the coach of the A team for eight years, obviously suits this generation very closely. “Mané, Koulibaly, Guèye and the others are 30 years old and over, they are not eternal and you have to think about what’s next. In a few months, and maybe even before CAN 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire, we can expect sacred players with the under 20s to be called up to A, «  suppose Youssouph Dabo.

Senegal’s results and the reputation it has acquired in the field of training have earned it the status of an example in Africa. « I receive calls from several countries where our model could be imitated », confirms Mady Touré. The harvest of titles could also continue during the next CAN under 17, which will be played from April 29 to May 19 in Algeria. The Cubs are obviously among the favorites.