Senegal is the best African team in the FIFA world cup this year. After the friendly matches no one expected the African team to get any progress, they played 5 matches and they got 3 draws (Uzbekistan, Bosnia Herzegovina and Luxembourg), 1 win (South Korea) and 1 defeat (Croatia).
After 16 years absence. “Les Lions” almost booked their ticket to go to the next round by winning in their first match against Poland. The Lions showed no mercy for the polish team. The next match will be against Japan. Although the Japanese team won their first match against the Colombian team. Senegal has the perfect chance to secure their ticket for the next round.
After the Moroccan, Egyptian, Nigeran and Tunisia fail to even secure a point and the Egyptian disaster in two matches. It’s obvious that Africa will be represented by one team in the next round unless a miracle happens.
Mane and his squad are playing what is known as “Ugly Football” with effective attack lead by Mane himself, Niang and Diouf and an organized defense lead by Sane and Koulibaly. The African team is worth watching with a first match of 41% possession, some may say the team isn’t great but they control the field in the way they want.
The team started the world cup by a tough game against Poland and a win by 2-1 secured the 3 points. The Lions had 8 shots in total with 2 of them on target and 261 passes completed. The physique of the players, is as expected more than perfect, the players are running by the wings to the whistle. The game was aggressive from the African side with 15 fouls committed by the Lions.
The expected for Senegal is to face either the English team or the Belgium team. For the Africans any of the matches won’t be easy. To be realistic going to the next round will be a great achievement and to be fair Les Lions is the best team Africa has and their only hope to be on the map of football.