Olympics: “Not there yet” for the Lions
The Olympic Lions
After being reduced to ten at the half-hour mark, with the expulsion of Abdoulaye Bâ for a serious foul against Luis Suarez, Senegal managed to hold up their defence, while stunning their adversary with a brace by Moussa Konaté, a performance praised by Cheikhou Kouyaté after the clash.
“This was an incredible achievement because nobody thought we would win this match. So we are proud to have won this match against a team as big as Uruguay and its players like Suarez,” said the Anderlecht midfielder, savouring the moment, although he admitted that they are wary of their upcoming adversary, the United Arab Emirates.
“This will be a difficult match because they are a team like us, that no one expected to go far in this tournament. We saw them play and they are a good team.”
So euphoria has not yet settled in amongst the Lions, who have still to secure their qualification, as explained by their coach.
“We have not won anything yet. Everything is still ahead of us. We are still in the first phase of our competition, we have to prepare well for the next match ahead of us so that we can qualify,” stated Karim Séga Diouf.
A draw against the United Arab Emirates will suffice to send Senegal into the quarter finals of the 2012 Olympic Games.