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Can Senegal save Africa's World Cup dream?

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Sadio Mane of Senegal
Sadio Mane of Senegal

The Lions of Teranga are in good spirits as they gear up for their second-ever World Cup.

Will Senegal save a continent’s honor when they meet Poland in their first-round World Cup match today?

That’s what many African football fans will be hoping, after all four other African teams - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia - failed to grab a single point in Russia.

While some 200 Senegalese fans descended on Moscow on Monday and lit up the Russian capital with dancing and songs ahead of their World Cup clash, the team has already been in Russia for a week.

And though it has only reached the World Cup once before - in 2002 - Senegal boasts one of the most lauded and revered players in Liverpool’s Sadio Mané.

The side seems ready to make a dent in Poland’s chances and to stop their world class striker, Robert Lewandowski.

Fans tell me they have faith in Senegal’s abilities.

 


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