SENEGAL’s Teranga Lions should not on a southern African safari, they’re right here to overcome. The West African Cosafa Cup friends are hungry and have a single thoughts to gobble up everything on provide, the staff’s head of delegation, Sam Diatta, mentioned.
Minus their European star points of interest, Senegal imagine themselves to be simply as formidable and have focused going all the way in which in southern Africa’s premier nationwide soccer event.
“We like these sort of conditions, being invited after which to go and take the trophy. We’re not coming as vacationers, we’re coming to battle and play,” Diatta advised The Cosafa Present upon the staff’s arrival in South Africa earlier this week.
Diatta claims they’d choice dilemma in deciding on the group for Cosafa responsibility given the plethora of footballing expertise they’ve in Senegal.
“We wish to present that irrespective of the gamers we carry, we’ll present the picture of Senegal. And in Senegal, expertise isn’t a query, we have now so many proficient gamers (within the native league),” Diatta boasted.
“You can carry even 4 groups to South Africa and every would symbolize the nation (effectively) in that event. We’re going (coming) as a hungry staff to point out individuals we are able to do one thing good. We’re going to play good soccer and battle to take the trophy.”
However, the Lions of Teranga must get by two units of uncompromising warriors, who’ve seven Cosafa Cup triumphs between them, to understand that ambition. Right now, they tackle a Courageous Warriors facet intent on making a press release following a collection of under par performances in current campaigns. Additionally they face Zimbabwe’s report profitable Warriors of their penultimate Group B conflict on 13 June.
Earlier than then, the Courageous Warriors look to make the guest-nation’s keep disagreeable. A robust begin will improve Bobby Samaria’s facet’s naked minimal ambition of reaching the semi-finals of the event.
Namibia might be with out their most recognisable duo of Deon Hotto and Peter Shalulile. The pair was key to the Courageous Warriors’ Cosafa Cup triumph in 2015.
“We’ve to make assertion in opposition to Senegal within the opening sport. I advised the boys to visualise victory and work in the direction of that, we are able to get it proper, will probably be 11 in opposition to 11 and something is feasible,” acknowledged Samaria.
The match is a gown rehearsal for a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying showdown later this yr. With each side’ playing cards on the desk, right now’s conflict guarantees to be an intense encounter.
“Sure we’re in a really tough group and Senegal is a large mountain in entrance of us, however mountains are there to be climbed and we definitely will give our all. Our goal, like another staff, is to progress to the knock-out stage however the powerful opponents (we face),” mentioned Samaria.
In the meantime, Cosafa organisers had been compelled to make late alterations to the competitors’s format on Monday following the withdrawals of Madagascar and the Comoros. The event will now characteristic two teams of 5 groups every, with the highest two nations in every group advancing to the semi-finals.
Zambia and Malawi had been positioned in Group A and B respectively.
The fixtures for the opening day of the competitors on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday remained unchanged and noticed Eswatini face Lesotho, adopted by South Africa in opposition to Botswana.
The opening matches within the previous Group C will now be performed right now and can see Mozambique sort out Zimbabwe on the Wolfson Stadium at 12h00, and Senegal meet Namibia on the identical venue at 15h00.
The Courageous Warriors are made up of the next: Loydt Kazapua, Kamaijanda Ndisiro, Kennedy Amutenya, Larry Horaeb, Ananias Gebhardt, Immanuel Heita, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Emilio Martin, Aprocius Petrus, Charles Hambira, Dynamo Fredericks, Ambrosius Amseb, Wendel Rudath, Absalom Iimbondi, Marcel Papama, Prins Tjiueza, Willy Stephanus, Alfeus Handura, Wesley Katjiteo, Elmo Kambindu, Joslin Kamatuka, Isaskar Gurirab, Junior Theophilus and Salomon Omseb.
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