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Senegal’s Malick Daf aims to add CHAN winners to U-20 AFCON squad

by Lesley Ngwa
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Malick Daf, the head coach of the U-20 national selection of Senegal has said he will complement the current team in camp with players from the victorious TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) team.

Daf’s colleague, Pape Thiaw inspired Senegal to a first ever CHAN title last Saturday in a breathtaking final at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Algiers.

Senegal with the youngest team in the tournament (Average age 24 years two months) held hosts Algeria to a goalless score after 120 minutes, before defeating them 5-4 on penalties to lift the crown.

Cisse who previously handled the U17 team and worked with some of the current CHAN players back in 2019 says he will tap from this youthfulness.

“We will be having 5 or even 6 players who were with the locals in Algeria to complete the squad. They will come to reinforce the group,” BNS sports quoted the former Senegal international cum coach this Wednesday.

Senegal football legend and media officer of the senior team Aliou Goloko had hinted up to ten of the title winning squad are eligible for the tournament and the decision to get them on board depends on coach Malik.

The likes of Cheikh Sidibe, Cheikh Diouf, Mamadou Sane, Moussa Ndiaye, Djibril Diarra, Moussa Kante and Lamine Camara who won three man of the match award and was in the team of the CHAN are all eligible for the U-20 AFCON that kick-off on February 19 in Egypt.

The tournament which will run to March 11 have Senegal in Group A, alongside hosts Egypt, multiple winners Nigeria and Mozambique.

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