Edouard Mendy: Senegal Goalie Makes Bold Claim Despite Sudan's Form in World Cup Qualifiers Group

Edouard Mendy: Senegal Goalie Makes Bold Claim Despite Sudan's Form in World Cup Qualifiers Group

Lukman Mumuni
June 11, 2024 at 4:01 PM
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  • Senegal goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy insists the Teranga Lions are determined to qualify for the FIFA World Cup
  • The former African champions are second in Group B with Sudan moving to the top of the table after a victory over South Sudan
  • The West African giants will face the group leaders in the next match with a place at the World Cup in 2026 in sight

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Edouard Mendy remains confident of Senegal's World Cup chances after claiming four points from their last two matches in the qualifiers.

The former African champions were held at home by the Democratic Republic of Congo before travelling to Nouakchott to beat neighbours Mauritania.

Despite their performances in the June window, Sudan sits top of Group B after back-to-back victories in the qualifiers.

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Edouard Mendy and his Senegal teammates celebrate after winning the Africa Cup of Nations on Februay 6, 2022. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard.
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The Teranga Lions will travel to Khartoum for the next game in March 2025, with two points separating them from leaders Sudan.

Mendy believes Senegal has expressed satisfaction with the results against DR Congo and Mauritania, and believes the team is poised to qualify for the World Cup in 2026.

"With this victory we are at 8 points after 4 matches, that means we are averaging two points per match. You just have to keep the rhythm. Our group is homogeneous and you see that South Sudan is on seven points. It's up to us to continue to play with our values ​​and with our game plan. No matter what is said outside, we remain focused. We still want to bring Senegal to the World Cup and we are on the way,” he said, as quoted by Wiw Sport.
He later added on X: "What an enriching season! We finish with 4 points taken in two matches with my country. Let's stay united and determined to achieve our goal: qualification for the World Cup. Now is the time to recharge your batteries during these few days of vacation."

Mendy was coming off a good season in his first campaign in Saudi Arabia, where he helped Al-Ahli finish third in the league after keeping 15 clean sheets, per Transfermarkt.

Mendy and Bounou keep most clean sheets

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Senegal and Morocco goalkeepers, Edouard Mendy and Yassine Bounou ended their first season in the Saudi Pro League as the shot-stoppers with the most clean sheets.

The African duo impressed in their first campaign with Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal, with Bounou winning the league title with the latter.

Mendy and Bounou kept 15 clean sheets at the end of the 2023/24 Saudi Pro League season, according to the SPL.

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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.