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By Guillaume Mahot
Senegal of coach Aliou Cissé has just booked their ticket for the next world cup. The Lions defeated South Africa 2-0 yesterday and give themselves the opportunity to participate to their second world cup in history after 2002 in Korea and Japan.
This time in Polokwane, South Africa, the teammates of Liverpool striker Sadio Mané took their revenge on a team that had beaten them one year earlier (1-2), but the result was cancelled and the game had to be replayed due to Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, suspended for life because of match-fixing accusations. He had whistled a contentious penalty for South Africa in that game.
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) and Thamsanga Mkhize (own goal) were the goal scorers. Aliou Cissé, who was the Senegalese captain in World Cup 2002, will now run the team in World Cup 2018 this time as a coach. In 2002, the Lions had win over France, world champion in title, for the opening game (1-0) followed by two draws against Denmark and Uruguay. In 8th finals, Senegal had defeated Sweden (2-1) before falling in quarter finals in front of Turkey (0-1). A successful tournament for a first participation!
We now know three teams that will stand for Africa in Russia: Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal. The next ones are going to be known shortly. Ivory Coast, Morocco or Tunisia are the expected names.