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Senegal will be a threat at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup preview: Senegal

Senegal has been presented with a huge opportunity to progress from its FIFA World Cup group.
The draw was kind to the African nation, which has only had one World Cup appearance to date prior to this - in 2002.
That World Cup saw Senegal blaze past France in their opener and reach the quarterfinals, a huge result. History could well repeat here with plenty of players coming from strong European leagues and a pool that is definitely escapable.
The bookies don't favour Senegal, but they are well worth a look to progress deep into this tournament.

The draw for Senegal

Poland, June 20
Japan, June 25
Columbia, June 29

The star players

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in Serie A and has attracted plenty of Premier League attention. His poses an imperious figure at almost two metres tall and can also wander into the attacking structures to set up plays. West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is another strong defender, which gives Senegal the platform to keep opposition goals at a minimum.

What needs to go right

Lady luck has already favoured Senegal, with a pool lacking the huge names like Spain, Argentina and Germany.
Columbia poses the biggest threat and Senegal won't play them until last - their progression could already be secured by then.
The first up match against Poland will be the big one and Senegal cannot afford to let that slip, a draw at the least will be their goal.
Japan is in freefall and has been for some time. If Senegal can get the job done against those two nations their progression will be secured.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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