Posted by: westafricanfootball | 08/10/2010

BENOÎT TOUPANE

It may seem like a strange idea to start this blog by writing about a striker who I’m able to document only one single league-goal during three seasons (2008, 2009 and 2010) of the “Championnat Professionel Ligue 1” in Senegal. Benoît Toupane, born in 1991, is nevertheless one of the most promising strikers based in Senegal – a country which top division has a bad reputation for lack of goals. Benoît Toupane bursted into the local football-scene in 2008, becoming match winner in the championship final on 23.11.2008, making sure his club AS Douanes won 2-1 against Casa Sports.

A couple of days before, Toupane had been named in the Senegal-squad for the so-called “Tournoi de l’UFOA”, a tourmament for West-African U-20 national teams. Other players in this squad was Kara Mbodj and Saliou Ciss, both professionals at Norwegian side Tromsø IL, the first mentioned reportedly at the radar of Arsenal FC.

Almost two years later, Toupane is still playing for AS Douanes, traditionally one of the biggest clubs in Senegal, alongside ASC Diaraf and ASC Jeanne d’Arc. The club ended at a respectable third place in the 2010-season. In 2009, Toupane was part of the AS Douanes-squad for the African Champions League 2009.

Despite playing a major part in the AS Douanes-side, what makes Toupane particulary interesting is his participation for the U-20 national team of Senegal. Toupane has been a frequent member of this impressive team during 2010 and on 25.09.2010, he was part of the Senegal-team that won 1-0 against Egypt U-20.

Benoît Toupane is described as a very strong player, using his strength to keep opponents at an arm’s length.


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