Senegal sealed a go back to the FIFA World Cup™ for the primary time since their 2002 debut because of a 2-Zero win over South Africa in World Cup qualifying African Group D.
Diafra Sakho scored the opener for the guests in Polokwane, earlier than a relatively fortuitous Thamsanqa Mkhize personal purpose sealed the 3 issues for the Teranga Lions. The guests are actually 5 issues forward of nearest Group D challengers Burkina Faso with one recreation final.
Senegal shocked the arena through beating World Cup holders France of their first ever recreation on the world finals in 2002, and if they’re to supply performances to check that at Russia 2018, it’s most likely that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane would be the catalyst.
Unsurprisingly, Mane was once integral to the victory that booked their World Cup go back, with a superbly incisive thru ball teeing up Sakho for the opener, whilst he was once concerned within the tangle of our bodies that resulted in the second one.
2010 World Cup hosts South Africa performed their section – or even ruled ownership for spells – in a full of life fit, with Lebogang Manyama hitting the crossbar, however the second one purpose simply earlier than half-time knocked the wind out in their sails.
Head trainer Aliou Cisse was once the Senegalese captain right through their 2002 debut, which noticed them practice up that outstanding opening win towards France to succeed in the quarter-finals. The former midfielder might be hoping he can encourage them to reach in a similar way superlative heights subsequent yr in Russia.