Africa’s number one footballing nation as per the FIFA ranking, Senegal, have emerged victorious in the Watford-Ismaila Sarr saga and the winger will be playing at the Nations Cup.
Last week, the 2019 AFCON runners up raised a concern that the Premier League club was trying to block the 23 year old from attending the continent’s greatest football showpiece.
However, the West African side promised to do whatever it takes in order to ensure that Sarr comes through for the tournament even if it requires FIFA intervention.
In response to the above, the EPL relegation strugglers indicated that it was not deliberate denying the player from going to Cameroon, noting that he is not yet ready for football action.
Sarr has not featured since November 20 when the Hornets defeated Manchester United 4-1 through a knee ligament injury but according to the player, he is yearning to represent his nation although his club believes that the AFCON is happening in collision with his rehabilitation.
The Senegal medical team will continue assessing the youngster but there is also a possibility he may return to England on Monday to continue with his rehabilitation.
Watford were successful in blocking Emmanuel Dennis from joining Nigeria but the Lions of Teranga have proved a hard nut to crack.
Sarr’s Senegal will be in search for their maiden AFCON title and are pooled in Group B and kick start their campaign against Zimbabwe on Monday, January 10.
The coveted tournament officially gets underway on January 9 until February 6, 2022.
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, England), Alfred Gomis (Rennes, France), Seny Dieng (Queens Park Rangers, England)
Defenders: Bouna Sarr (Bayern Munich, Germany), Saliou Ciss (Nancy, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiakos, Greece), Abdoulaye Seck (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Abdou Diallo (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna, Italy), Fode Ballo-Toure (AC Milan, Italy), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, England)
Midfielders: Pape Matar Sarr (Metz, France), Pape Gueye (Marseille, France), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City, England), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Moustapha Name (Paris FC, France), Mamadou Loum (Alaves, Spain), Joseph Lopy (Sochaux, France)
Forwards: Boulaye Dia (Villarreal, Spain), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England), Habib Diallo (Strasbourg, France), Bamba Dieng (Marseille, France), Ismaila Sarr (Watford, England), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Mame Baba Thiam (Kayserispor,Turkey), Keita Balde (Cagliari, Italy)