Nicolas Jackson Leads Senegal Team as 19 Players Report to Early Camp Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

Nicolas Jackson Leads Senegal Team as 19 Players Report to Early Camp Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 28, 2024 at 5:36 AM
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  • Senegal have opened camp ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in June
  • The Teranga Lions will face DR Congo and Mauritania next month
  • Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson is one of 19 players to report on Monday

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Chelsea forward, Nicolas Jackson has arrived in Senegal for early preparations ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June.

The former African champions opened camp on Monday, May 27, 2024, in Dakar with 19 players reporting on the first day of training.

The rest of the players, including Saudi-based star Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane are expected to report this week.

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Nicolas Jackson and his Senegal teammates training during the World Cup in Qatar on November 28, 2022. Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP.
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In photos shared on social media, coach Aliou Cisse led his team through rigorous drills as the players shook off the exertions from a long campaign.

Jackson, who enjoyed a strong finish to the Premier League season, leading Chelsea to seventh place, was one of the high-profile players spotted in training.

The Saudi-based trio of Koulibaly, Mane and Edouard Mendy all featured in the final matches of the Saudi Pro League on Monday.

Meanwhile, Metz star, Lamine Camara stayed behind in France because of his team's involvement in the relegation-promotion play-off.

The West African giants will face the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 6 before taking on three days later, per WiwSport.

Here are the 19 players who reported to camp:

Seny Dieng, Mory Diaw, Abdoulaye Seck, Abdoulaye Niakhaté Ndiaye, Formose Mendy, Arouna Sangante, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Habib Diarra, Pape Alassane Gueye, Pathé Ciss, Dion Lopy, Iliman Ndiaye, Ismaila Sarr, Abdallah Sima, Chérif Ndiaye, Nicolas Jackson

The players yet to report to camp:

Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mané, Habib Diallo, Lamine Camara, Pape Matar Sarr and Mikayil Ngor Faye

Koulibaly wins Saudi Pro League with Al Hilal

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Yassine Bounou have won the Saudi Pro League with Al-Hilal.

The African duo played a pivotal role as the Saudi giants won the league with three games to spare, while also keeping their unbeaten run intact after 31 games.

Both players arrived last summer, with Koulibaly joining from Chelsea as Bounou signed from Sevilla.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.