Senegal national football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON and nickname

Senegal national football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON and nickname

Sospeter Itolondo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM

Look into facts about the Senegal national football team squad, their current coach, current world ranking, AFCON progress and their nickname. They are among the strongest teams in Africa, with several trophies to their name and numerous appearances in AFCON, with their most successful stint in the final. Will they win the much coveted cup this year? Come with us as we find out more.

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They have some of the most famous football players worldwide in their squad. They have had successful stints at the AFCON, though they never won it. However, they intend on winning it this year with their talented team. They have two appearances in the world cup so far. Their first-ever appearance was in 2002 and the latest in 2018.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Senegal National Football Team
  • Nickname: Les Lions de la Teranga( The Lions of Teranga)
  • Managed by: Senegalese Football Federation
  • Founded: 1960
  • Colours: White and green
  • Federation: CAF
  • Head coach: Aliou Cisse
  • Captain: Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Most caps: Henri Camara( 99)
  • Top scorer: Henri Camara( 29)
  • FIFA ranking: 20 (as of December 2021)
  • World cup appearance: Appeared twice( 2002 and 2018)
  • Stadium: Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor

Senegal's national football team

They have had successful runs in most competitions they have taken part in. The players play in top-flight leagues all over the world. Their AFCON appearances have almost been certain. The best they have ever reached is runners up in 2002 and 2019.

They have also won the Amilcar Cabral cup several times. They have a strong squad and hope to win the AFCON in 2022. They have not lost a game so far in AFCON 2022 and will be meeting Cape Verde in the round of 16.

Senegal's national football team players

The team has a 28 man squad with an average age of 26 years. They have four goalkeepers, three centre-backs, three left-backs, two right-backs, six defensive midfielders, two central midfielders, two left-wingers, one right-winger and five centre forwards. The players are:

  • The goalkeepers are Edouard Mendy, Alfred Gomis, Seny Dieng and Aliou Badara Faty,
  • The center backs are Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cisse and Abdoulaye Seck,
  • The left backs are Abdou Diallo, Fode Ballo-Toure and Saliou Ciss,
  • The right-backs are Bouna Sarr and Ibrahima Mbaye,
  • The defensive midfielders are Pape Sarr, Idrissa Gueye, Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mamadou Loum,
  • The central midfielders are Moustapha Name and Joseph Lopy,
  • The left-wingers are Sadio Mane and Mame Thiam,
  • The only right-winger is Ismaila Sarr, who has a ligament injury,
  • The centre forwards are Boulaye Dia, Habib Diallo, Bamba Dieng, Keita Balde and Famara Diedhiou.

Their captain is Kalidou Koulibaly. Their coach is Aliou Cisse.

Senegal's national football team roster

The team roster has the following players; Edouard Mendy, Alfred Gomis, Seny Dieng, Aliou Badara Faty, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cisse, Abdoulaye Seck, Abdou Diallo, Fode Ballo-Toure, Saliou Ciss, Bouna Sarr, Ibrahima Mbaye, Pape Sarr, Idrissa Gueye, Pape Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mamadou Loum, Moustapha Name, Joseph Lopy, Sadio Mane, Mame Thiam, Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia, Habib Diallo, Bamba Dieng, Keita Balde and Famara Diedhiou.

Senegal's national football team ranking

They are currently ranked at number 20 as of January 2022. This number is their highest ranking ever, with their lowest ranking being 99 on 6th June 2013. Then, they were ranked number 1 by CAF.

Senegal's national football team in AFCON

Senegal national football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON and nickname
Senegal national football team star Sadio Mane sits in frustration after losing the 2019 AFCON finals to Algeria. Photo: Mohamed Mostafa
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They have had a record of 16 appearances in AFCON. Their first appearance was in 1965. They have had excellent performances, but they have never had a hand at the title. Their best years were 2002 and 2019, where they finished runners up.

In AFCON 2022, they finished top of group B with 5 points. They won one match against Zimbabwe 1 nil. They drew the rest against Malawi and Guinea without conceding a goal. They play Cape Verde in the round of 16 and hope to lift the cup this time.

Senegal's national football team captain

Kalidou Koulibaly, their captain, was born on 20th June 1991 in Saint-Die-des-Vosges in France. He currently plays for Serie A club Napoli as a centre-back and has had 53 appearances for the country. He is 6'1" or 186cms tall.

Senegal national football team coach

Their team coach is former PSG defender and midfielder Aliou Cisse. He played for the national team too. He was born on 24th March 1976 in Ziguinchor, Senegal. His coaching duties started in March 2015. Senegal's loss in the AFCON 2002 was due to his missed penalty. That is the reason he feels indebted to win AFCON 2022 with Senegal. He said,

"I want this Africa Cup of Nations. I have been running after it since 1999."

He also lost the AFCON finals in 2019 as manager. As he chose his squad, he said the following with regards to the young players,

"It is not the novelty (of the finals) that will make the difference, but they can bring a freshness of approach to the squad."

He hopes to win the AFCON for his country as manager. They are set to face Cape Verde in the round of 16 of AFCON 2022.

Senegal's national football team world rankings

They are ranked at number 20 worldwide as of January 2022. This is their highest ranking ever.

Senegal's national football team trophies

Senegal national football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON and nickname
Sadio Mane of Senegal walks past the 2019 AFCON cup after losing it to Algeria. Photo: Oliver Weiken
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The AFCON has been elusive from them, with the world cup being just a dream. However, they have several trophies to their name. They have won the Amilcar Cabral cup eight times. They won it in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991 and 2001.

Senegal's national football team nickname

Their nickname is Les Lions de la Teranga which translates to the Lions of Teranga in English.

Is Senegal a good football team?

It is a good team given the number of talented players in top-flight leagues such as the English Premier League and Serie A.

Senegal national football team Twitter

Their Twitter account is @FootballSenegal. They have over 117,000 followers as of January 2022.

Senegal's national football team kit

Their kit comes in two colours. There is a white kit and an all green kit.

Senegal national football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON and nickname
Senegal national football team members being consoled by Mahrez after their loss to Algeria in the 2019 final. Photo: Fared Kotb
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Senegal's national football team jersey

Their jersey comes in either white or green.

Despite being one of the most talented teams, the Senegal national football team has been unlucky in the AFCON, coming as close as losing two finals. They have qualified for the World Cup twice and came close to the quarter-finals in 2002. Their coach hopes to lead them to victory and win the much coveted prize, the AFCON 2022, before focusing on the World Cup.

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