Senegal’s second so-called ‘golden generation’ is running out of time. They arrived in Cameroon with a stacked squad, but many of their key players are approaching 30 or are already there.
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To make matters worse, coach Aliou Cisse is without a host of big players against Zimbabwe, a game he will be keen to just get out of the way.
“I was looking at the composition of our team,” Cisse said. “Compared to our last match against Congo, I can already tell you we have six indisputable starting players who are not on the squad list: Edouard Mendy, Krepin Diatta, Ismaila Sarr, Nampalys Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saliou Ciss.
“Having six absent starting players, it’s true that it’s worrying but we are still going into the game against Zimbabwe full of confidence.”
Senegal have one of the best squads – if not the very best – in the tournament, but they are going to rely on Mane to a certain degree, particularly given their covid-19 absences. Thankfully he is exceptional both when it comes to sniffing out chances and creating them, with his 0.67 non-penalty expected goal involvements every 90 minutes being the fourth-best in the Premier League (min. 900 minutes played) this term.