Match - Sat 4 August, 15:30,
Olympics: The Lions face the Mexican hurdle
Senegal’s Olympic team
The Lions ended second in their Group A behind Great Britain, after holding the host nation to a draw (1-1), beating Uruguay (2-0) and again managing a draw against the United Arab Emirates (1-1).
In order to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, Karim Séga Diouf’s men will have to outclass Mexico, who finished in first place in Group B ahead of South Korea.
The Mexicans also started off with a draw (0-0 against the South Koreans), before beating Gabon (2-0) and then Switzerland (1-0).
The Teranga Lions may be conscious of the quality of their adversary, but they will not allow themselves to be intimidated.
“I have played against them; they are a good team but then so are we. We are not going to start off by saying that they are better than us. We will work as usual and try to win the match,” stated serial striker Moussa Konaté.
Top striker of the 2012 Games so far with four goals, the young striker form Maccabi Tel Aviv will face former Barcelona player, Giovani Dos Santos, who bagged a brace against the Panthers of Gabon.
For this crucial clash, Senegal record the return of Lille’s Idrissa Gana Guèye, who was injured against Great Britain, and Abdoulaye Bâ, who was sent off against Uruguay and thus suspended for the Lions next fixture against the Emirates.