The Senegal AFCON 2023 squad is out ahead of this year’s tournament.
Senegal made history by winning their first AFCON title two years ago. The final against Egypt went to penalties, star player Sadio Mane converted the decisive kick.
After their past success in Cameroon, the Lions of Teranga are considered one of the favorites to win the tournament. The captain is Kalidou Koulibaly and they also boast the likes of Edouard Mendy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Ismaila Sarr and Nicolas Jackson.
Manager Aliou Cisse has been in charge since March 2015 and has gained plenty of international experience as a player as well. He captained Senegal on their World Cup debut as they shocked reigning champions France in their opening match to reach the quarter-finals.
Cisse played for Birmingham City and Portsmouth during his career. His squad includes six current Premier League players, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Pape Mate Sarra and Nottingham Forest duo Moussa Niakhate and Cheikhou Kouyate.
In Group C, Senegal will face Cameroon, Guinea and Gambia for a place in the knockout rounds. They are expected to progress to the latter stages of the tournament with relative ease, but will have to be wary of any surprises.
While much of their hope still rests on the irrepressible Mane, who has 40 goals in 101 games, relative newcomers like Jackson, Iliman Ndiaye and Abdallah Sima will be hoping to carry some of the team’s attacking load.
Senegal AFCON 2023 squad: The final 27-man team
Goalkeepers: Édouard Mendy, Mory Diaw, Seny Dieng
Defenders: Youssouf Sabaly, Krépin Diatta, Kalidou Koulibaly, Moussa Niakhaté, Abdou Diallo, Formose Mendy
Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Seck, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Ismail Jakobs
Midfielders: Lamine Camara, Pape Matar Sarr, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Nampalys Mendy
Pape Gueye, Pathé Ciss, Idrissa Gueye
Forwards: Nicolas Jackson, Abdallah Sima, Habib Diallo, Iliman Ndiaye
Ismaïla Sarr, Sadio Mané, Boulaye Dia