Dakar, Senegal – (African Boulevard News) – Senegal’s Under-17 national football team is poised to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup, and their coach, Saliou Dia, has said that they will do everything possible to ensure that they progress to the next round of the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations. Dia has set his sights on reaching the U17 World Cup and believes his team will go all out against South Africa in Wednesday’s quarterfinal in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
In a recent interview, Dia expressed his optimism, stating that his team was confident of making it to the U17 World Cup: “We have qualified for the quarterfinals, which means we are closer to a place in the U17 World Cup. The players are aware of the stakes involved and understand that they have to give their all.”
Senegal is the reigning U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Champions, and their coach believes that the current squad has the potential to defend their title. Dia further revealed that his team has been working hard in training to ensure that they are in the best shape possible for the knockout stages of the tournament.
“I am confident that we have prepared well,” he said. “The players have been working hard to be in the right physical and mental state for the quarterfinals. We know that South Africa will not be an easy opponent, but we are going all out for the win.”
Senegal finished top of Group B with seven points and have booked their place in the quarterfinals alongside Ivory Coast, Uganda, and South Africa. The top three teams at the tournament will earn a spot at the 2023 U-17 World Cup in Peru.
Dia is aware of the task ahead, but he believes his team has the quality to go all the way. “We respect South Africa, but we also believe in our ability to win. It will be a tough game, but we are ready for the challenge,” he said.
Senegal’s talismanic forward, Doudou Gueye, has been in splendid form in the tournament and will be hoping to lead his team to victory against South Africa. The game is expected to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams looking to secure a place in the semifinals.
In conclusion, Senegal’s U17 national team will be looking to go all out against South Africa in Wednesday’s quarterfinal match, with a place in the U17 World Cup at stake. The match is expected to be a thriller and could go either way. However, the confidence and quality of Senegal’s squad make them favorites to progress to the semifinals and possibly defend their U17 Africa Cup of Nations title.