Africa counts on Senegal to stop winless run in Qatar

Africa counts on Senegal to stop winless run in Qatar
Action between Senegal and Netherlands

The continent will be banking on Senegal to stop the rot on Friday after they put up a competent showing against the Netherlands

All five African teams at the last World Cup in Russia failed to get past the first round and the continent's football leaders have said their future priority is to make sides more competitive in the international arena.

The continent will be banking on Senegal to stop the rot on Friday after they put up a competent showing against the Netherlands in Monday’s Group A clash, only to concede two late goals with World Goalkeeper of the Year Edouard Mendy partially to blame.

"We are still determined because we know that there is something that we can still achieve during this World Cup and we still believe in our chances," Senegal captain Kalildou Koulibaly said as they prepared to take on hosts Qatar on Friday.


Qatar are the Asian champions but their counterparts Japan and Saudi Arabia have overshadowed them by coming from behind to beat Germany and Argentina in the major shocks of the tournament.

Getting thoroughly outplayed by CONMEBOL's weakest qualified side gave a true indication of their stature on the global stage, but luckily for them, they still have time to prove people's perceptions wrong.

However, the facts will say that Qatar are the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening fixture.

Not only that, the Maroons are also the first hosts not to have shot on target in a match at the finals since the USA failed to do so in their last 16 defeat to Brazil in 1994.