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Senegal to start AFCON title defence against the Gambia

Senegal to start AFCON title defence against the Gambia

Senegal has rallied their troops as they set to compete in their 17th Africa Cup of Nations – head Coach Aliou Cisse’s squad ready to defend the title in Cote d’Ivoire.

The Teranga Lions must overcome competition in Group C with Gambia, Guinea, and Cameroon for a place in the knockout stages. 

They will kick off their title defence against The Gambia on Monday, 15 January, before the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Their final group tie is against Guinea’s Syli National 1976 runners-up on January 23rd at the Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro.

Aliou Cisse, the coach of Senegal, has named his 27-man squad to defend the title in Cote d’Ivoire 2023, which they won in Cameroon 2021.

However, key striker Sadio Mane believes that the Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, will be the toughest compared to previous editions.

“We know it won’t be easy but we will be there to do our best and try to go through every round. We are expecting a tough competition,” Mane said.

“This competition will be one of the strongest since I started playing in it because all the big countries are here and they all have their targets, but we will see what will happen,” the former Liverpool star noted.

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