Former Juventus midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has picked Senegal as the only African team to pull surprises at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Senegal are one of five African teams to qualify for the Mundial after a dramatic playoff saw them edge record Afcon winners Egypt on penalties on Tuesday. The other qualifiers are Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, and Ghana – Nigeria’s conquerors.
The Teranga Lions defeated the same Pharaohs in Cameroon earlier in February to lift a historic first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title.
Boasting fantastic players in Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Senegal are the world’s top-ranked African team.
And former Super Eagles star Oliseh sees no reason why the Lions cannot compete with and overcome the best teams in Qatar.
“There is one team that can win it in Africa and that is Senegal,” Oliseh told The COSAFA Show, as per Soccer Laduma.
“I have been following them for the past few years and watching the players in Europe and the importance that they bring to their clubs. Senegal currently have the best goalkeeper in the world [Edouard Mendy]; he makes saves, is calm, and has height.
“They also have one of the best central defenders in the world in Kalidou Koulibaly. I am amazed he is still at Napoli! He is solid on the ball, solid on the man; he can even move from the defence to the defensive midfield role.
“And then they have Sadio Mane, and I don’t need to say any more about him. They also have an African coach [Aliou Cisse] that has been there for eight years now.
“So they have continuity, they have the talent and the exposure, all that is lacking in this team, in my opinion, is that high-level organisation. They need to go there with the view that they can win it.”
Following Friday’s World Cup draw, Senegal have been placed in Group A, where they will face hosts Qatar, European giants the Netherlands, and South American side Ecuador.