Teranga Lions of Senegal

By Uche Dozie

Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria


After getting to finals of the African Nations Cup (AFCON) in 2019, Minister in charge of Sports of Senegal, Matar Ba thinks it’s time the Taranga Lions win the African Cup of Nations.

As for Ba, the team has come of age after years of struggling to this point where it soared to the final of the AFCON. He says the next championship will be the ”right one”.

“Since I have been there, I have been the head of delegation for an African Cup three times. I was in Equatorial Guinea with Giresse, where we had won two games before scuttling, besides Giresse will be sacked when we return. I was also in the delegation during the CAN in Gabon where we failed in the quarterfinals. The last campaign is that carried out in Egypt where we finished vice-champion of Africa. I’m sure the next one will be the right one. ” He said on the DTV set on Friday.

The minster of sport believes that all is in place for success to be recorded but the team must go for it.

“It’s a long process, we always have to learn from our failures. So I think it’s time for Senegal to win the African Cup. If we have this ambition, it is because we are aware of having the capabilities. The Senegalese also know it, moreover we have a State ready to put the means that it is necessary… The chance exists in football, but it is necessary to know how to provoke it, “ he added.

The Senegalese team despite being the first African team to get to the quarter finals of the world cup are yet to win the coveted title in Africa after getting to two finals in 2002 and 2019.

They however have to erase the ”underachievers” title in their history in the next AFCON to reinforce their strong-force status in Africa.


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