January 24, 2022

AFCON 2021: Senegal’s Koulibaly and Mendy contract coronavirus

By Brian Aheebwa
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Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly | Courtesy photo

Senegal will be without their captain Kalidou Koulibaly and first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for their AFCON opener against Zimbabwe on Monday, the duo has tested positive for coronavirus.

The miss out of Koulibably in defence and Mendy in goal on Monday will be a big blow to the Lions of Terenga whose intentions are to start the tournament on a high as they search for their first-ever AFCON trophy.

Aliou Cisse’s charges nearly grabbed it in 2019 but fell short in the final courtesy of a 1-0 loss to Algeria in Egypt.

Cisse will hope that the Napoli defender and Chelsea goal-minder return negative tests ahead of their second game against Guinea on Friday.

Africa’s number one ranked footballing nation is pooled in Group B alongside Guinea, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The coveted tournament officially kicks off on Sunday, January 9, for the 33rd edition, with host Cameroon facing Burkina Faso.

Senegal AFCON Squad:

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, England), Alfred Gomis (Rennes, France), Seny Dieng (Queens Park Rangers, England)

Defenders: Bouna Sarr (Bayern Munich, Germany), Saliou Ciss (Nancy, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiakos, Greece), Abdoulaye Seck (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Abdou Diallo (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna, Italy), Fode Ballo-Toure (AC Milan, Italy), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, England)

Midfielders: Pape Matar Sarr (Metz, France), Pape Gueye (Marseille, France), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City, England), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Moustapha Name (Paris FC, France), Mamadou Loum (Alaves, Spain), Joseph Lopy (Sochaux, France)

Forwards: Boulaye Dia (Villarreal, Spain), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England), Habib Diallo (Strasbourg, France), Bamba Dieng (Marseille, France), Ismaila Sarr (Watford, England), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Mame Baba Thiam (Kayserispor, Turkey), Keita Balde (Cagliari, Italy)

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