As previously written, the “Championnat Professionel Ligue 1” in Senegal is a league known for lack of goals. Therefore, Emile Paul Tendeng of Casa Sports, who managed to score 9 goals in 18 matches, deserves attention, especially since he is a teenager and since this was his first season at the highest level of Senegalese football. His exact date of birth is not known but he was apparently 18 years old in March 2010. Tendeng is often referred to as “Zola”, due to his skills and adventurous style of play. He can play as a centre forward but is also comfortable in a deeper playmaking-role. He is a very determined player who in interviews has stated that he left school at early age to follow his dream to become a professional footballer.
Tendeng actually scored two hat-tricks during the 2010-season, both against Yakaar. He received quite a few headlines early in the season since he scored 4 goals and produced 3 assists during the first five rounds. Casa Sports is arguably one of the best teams in Senegal, which they proved by winning the National Cup Final in September against ASC Diaraf. Tendeng apparently made an impressive performance and the coach of the national B-side, Joseph Koto, afterwards stated that Tendeng would be chosen for his team before the so-called UEMOA-tournament, a tournament for West-African B-sides starting later this month. This could also lead to him being named in the squad for the 2011 CHAN-tournament in Libya.
Rather unsurprising, Tendeng has also been noticed by the U-20 national team of Senegal, being called up to the squad just a few days ago for their qualifier against Egypt for the African Youth Championship.