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Sadio Mane out of the dead rubber clash against South Africa in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 17:30

After helping the Lions of Teranga book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday against South Africa, Senegal will be without their star Sadio Mane on Tuesday night.

Coach Aliou Cisse will lead his troops for the second time against Bafana Bafana at home and will miss the services of the Liverpool forward.

Mane is out due to a recurring injury which he suffered in October against Cape Verde, and reports indicate that he has gone back to Anfield for further assessment.

The 25-year-old Reds player starred for the West Africans at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as they beat their hosts 2-0 to secure their return to the global showpiece since 2002.

“The Senegalese Football Federation informs the national and international opinion that, following the match South Africa against Senegal on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane was slightly felt (sic) from his old injury,” reads a statement from SFF.

“After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make it available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.”

The Lions have 11 points from five matches – they drew two, won three and will want to beat Stuart Baxter’s men for the second time in Dakar.



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Zungu cleared to take on Senegal in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Bongani Zungu of South Africa is challenged by Bayala Cyrille Barros of Burkina Faso 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso on the 7 October 2017 at Soccer City, Johannesburg © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 12:00


Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu, 25, has been cleared to face Senegal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Dakar on 14 November, but will sit out of the reverse fixture in Polokwane four days earlier (10 November).

South Africa take on the Teranga Lions in crucial back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers this month, with victory in both fixtures to book Stuart Baxter and his troops’ ticket to Russia.

The Fifa Disciplinary Committee (DC) decided against imposing a further ban on the French-based midfielder with Safa having appealed his sending off. Zungu, though, has been fined.

“Zungu is suspended for one match, including automatic suspension, after breaching Fifa Disciplinary Code during a match against Burkina Faso,” said Fifa in a statement.

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Zungu had been included in Baxter’s 25-man squad to face Senegal in back-to-back qualifiers, pending the Fifa DC outcome.



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Aliou Cissé optimistic despite stalemate in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 16:30


Aliou Cissé remains optimistic that Senegal will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite their failure to beat Burkina Faso on Saturday evening.

The Lions of Teranga were held to a 0-0 draw on home soil as they remain in second spot in Group D, a point behind the Burkinabe heading into the reverse fixture in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

Following Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 defeat in Cape Verde, Senegal had the perfect opportunity to take a commanding position in the group, but failed to convert their chances in Dakar.

To make matters worse, the West Africans will be without Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in Burkina Faso after he received his marching orders in the Senegalese capital.

“Senegal is still in with a chance despite the draw,” Cissé is quoted as saying following the clash.

“There is another match on Tuesday against the same opponents who defended very well.

The Senegal head coach added: “We lacked technical accuracy, we must admit that.

“In terms of how we lined up, we are not going to drift away from our principles – what failed us was our finishing. We created opportunities, but we failed to convert them.”



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Group D in the balance following 0-0 draw in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Serigne Mbodji of Senegal is challenged by Sofiane Hanni of Algeria during the Afcon Group B match between Senegal and Algeria on the 23 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 00:44


Senegal were held to a 0-0 draw by Burkina Faso in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday evening, as things in Group D remain wide open.

The Lions of Teranga had a real opportunity to stamp their authority following South Africa’s 2-1 defeat in Praia, but failed in their attempt as focus now switches to the reverse fixture in Ouagadougou this coming Tuesday.

The hosts had Kalidou Koulibaly sent off with six minutes remaining in what ultimately proved to be an underwhelming outing for the West Africans as the Burkinabe remain in control atop the standings.

Both teams showcased their intent from the onset with Idrissa Gana Gueye and

Alain Traoré trying their luck at either end of the pitch before the half-hour mark.

Prejuce Nakoulma then forced Khadim N’Diaye into a good save in the 37th minute with the visitors not content in going on the defensive in the Senegalese capital.

Despite chances at either end the half would end goalless.

The clash would continue at the same tempo following the interval with Senegal throwing everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents.

Burkina Faso, though, stood firm and had their opportunities as Koulibaly received his marching orders in the 84th minute following a second bookable offence.

The visitors introduced Aristide Bancé in an attempt to make good on their advantage, but the burly forward simply ran out of time as the two teams ultimately shared the spoils.

Senegal (0) 0

Burkina Faso (0) 0

Senegal: Khadim N’Diaye; Ciss, Mbodji, Koulibaly, Wague – Gana Gueye, Salif Sané – Sankharé (P.N’Diaye 74′) – Sarr (Keita Baldé 66′), Mané, Sow (Kouyaté 89′)

Burkina Faso: Koffi; Paro (Malo 35′), Dayo, Coulibaly, Koné – Kaboré Touré A.Traoré, Bayala (Banhoro 79′) – B. Traoré Nakoulma (Bancé 87′)



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Lions, Stallions clash in epic Dakar battle – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Senegal players dejected after loosing on penalties during the Afcon Quarter Final match between Senegal and Cameroon on the 28 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 16:00


Senegal and Burkina Faso will lock horns in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday evening.

Kick-off is at 20h00 local time (22h00 CAT).

The Lions of Teranga will be desperate to get back to winning ways having suffered a 2-1 defeat to South Africa in their most recent Group D encounter. This following a 2-0 win over Cape Verde on home soil.

Senegal, though, will remain favourites to book their ticket to the world showpiece in Russia with the West African giants aiming to qualify for a first World Cup since the 2002 showpiece in Japan/South Korea where they reached the final eight.

Burkina Faso, though, will be no pushovers and followed a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana in Ouagadougou with a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia.

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane is under no illusion of the importance of the upcoming back-to-back fixtures against The Stallions, with Head Coach Aliou Cissé also stressing the importance of the clash.

“We are aware of the expectations of the Senegalese public. I can tell them that we will not disappoint them,” a confident Mane said.

Cissé added: “Burkina Faso is our direct opponent and we have to win this match and hope to continue on that trend as we aim book our ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”

The reverse fixture will take place at the Stade du 4 Août next Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

Head-to-Head:

Games: 11

Senegal Wins: 4

Burkina Faso Wins: 2

Draws: 5

Goals for Senegal: 18

Goals for Burkina Faso: 11

Last Three Encounters:

07 Oct 2006 Burkina Faso v Senegal 1-0

08 Sep 2007 Senegal v Burkina Faso 5-1

21 May 2014 Burkina Faso v Senegal 1-1

Key Players:

With Abdou Abdou Razack Traore (injured) and Jonathan Pitroipa (not selected) absent from Burkina Faso’s squad, head coach Paulo Duarte will be hoping that Aristide Bancé can come up with the goods once more.

As for Senegal, they welcome back both Mane and captain Cheikhou Kouyaté from injury with Keita Baldé Diao, who recently joined Monaco, to light up Dakar. Throw in the likes of Idrissa Gana Gueye and Kalidou Koulibaly, the Lions of Teranga are a force to be reckoned with.



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