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World Cup 2018: Sadio Mané leads Senegal's 23-man squad

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<p>Senegal has unveiled its 23 -man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The West African nation will be led by star Liverpool striker, Sadio Mané in their second participation at the World Cup.</p> <p>Coach of the Senegalese national football team, Aliou Cissé unveiled the team on Thursday. </p> <p>Goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye is the only one to play from the African continent from Horoya AC Conakry. The rest are players from Europe. As a quarter finalist in 2002 World Cup, Senegal is hopeful ahead of the 2018 World Cup. </p> <p>“Everything will also depend on our strategy. Do we want to play with two strikers, do we want to play with three strikers, do we want to play with one striker? Today I think we have what it takes to play in any system, and that’s interesting”, Cissé said.</p> <p>Senegal is part of Group H, with Poland, Japan and Colombia. </p> <p>“It’s up to these teams to be afraid of Senegal. In any case, we are mentally and morally ready. And we wait until D-Day to show the world what we’re capable of”, he added. </p> <p>The lions of Teranga will begin the tournament against Poland on June 19, before playing against Japan on June 24 and Colombia on June, 28. </p> <p>The 23 Senegalese selected: </p> <p>Goalkeepers (3): Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya / <span class="caps">GUI</span>), Alfred Gomis (Spal / <span class="caps">ITA</span>) </p> <p>Defenders (7): Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples / <span class="caps">ITA</span>), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor / <span class="caps">TUR</span>), Kara Mbodj (Anderlecht / <span class="caps">BEL</span>), Moussa Wagué (Eupen / <span class="caps">BEL</span>), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Salif Sané (Hanover / <span class="caps">ALL</span>) </p> <p>Backgrounds (5): Pope Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke / <span class="caps">ENG</span>), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton / <span class="caps">ENG</span>), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham / <span class="caps">ENG</span>), Sheikh Ndoye (Birmingham / <span class="caps">ENG</span>), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton / <span class="caps">ANG</span>)</p> <p>Attackers (8): Sadio Mané (Liverpool / <span class="caps">ENG</span>), Keita Baldé Diao (Monaco / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Diafra Sakho (Rennes / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Moussa Konate (Amiens / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes / <span class="caps">FRA</span>), Mbaye Niang (Torino / <span class="caps">ITA</span>), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor / <span class="caps">TUR</span>), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke / <span class="caps">ENG</span>) </p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

Everything will also depend on our strategy. Do we want to play with two strikers, do we want to play with three strikers, do we want to play with one striker? Today, I think we have what it takes to play in any system, and that's interesting.

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