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AFCON 2019: Senegal tackle struggling Sudan

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Senegal will file out against Sudan in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group A match.

The Teranga Lions of Senegal drew 2-2 with Madagascar away in their previous 2019 AFCON qualifier last month

The game will be played at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday, October 13.

The draw extended Senegal’s winless run to three matches in all competitions having two recorded two draws and one defeat.

The West Africans will be targeting nothing but a victory against an inconsistent Sudan side.

Captain Cheikhou Kouyate

Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate has stressed the need to secure a victory against the Falcons of Jediane.

Senegal top group A“We will not hide – we will play a difficult game. It’s up to us to please our fans because we come a long way with them,” Kouyate said.

“After elimination in the first round of the (Fifa 2018) World Cup, we want to start on a new foundation. But we will not succeed by talking.

“We must work. The Senegalese (people) are frustrated with our performance, which we have displayed. Now we want to make a difference. It starts with a victory on Saturday.”

Aliou Cisse’s side will hope on Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane, who has the ability to inspire Senegal to victory against a struggling Sudan side.

Meanwhile, Sudan remains without a win in Group A having lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea away in their previous game last month.

The defeat left the East African side placed fourth in the group standings without a single point from two games. They are three points behind third-placed Equatorial Guinea.

Sudan’s coach – Zdravko Logarusic

Sudan head coach Zdravko Logarusic has insisted that his side will play without pressure against a much-fancied Senegal side.

“It’s football, anything is possible, but we know that Sudan’s chances are minimal. We are aware that Senegal are the favourites, but we will do our best to honour ourselves,” Logarusic said on Senegal 7.

“We are here to enjoy without any pressure. It’s a chance for my players to play against such a big team like Senegal. My players will have fun.

“We will fight to represent Sudan with dignity. Now, if the results are favourable to us, we will be much happier – all of our players are locals, we have no foreign-based players.”

The Falcons of Jediane will look to their inspirational captain Muhannad El Tahir, who netted against Madagascar in the 2019 Afcon qualifier last year.

The return leg between Senegal and Sudan holds at the Khartoum Stadium in Khartoum next week Tuesday.

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