Posted by: westafricanfootball | 27/03/2011


Few followers of Senegalese football will be surprised if Ass Mandaw Sy becomes the next player to leave the local league of the West-African country. Sy is a central defender and the captain of ASC Niary Tally, currently number three in the Ligue 1.

ASC Niary Tally, from the Senegalese capital Dakar, made a solid impression in 2010, winning “Poule A” of the Ligue 1 despite being newly promoted. As far as I know, Sy missed only a few matches and scored one league goal during the campaign.

ASC Niary Tally played ASC Diaraf, the winners of “Poule B”, on 31.07.2010 and 07.08.2010. ASC Niary Tally drew the shortest draw but Sy managed to score a consolation goal in the final match.

Sy formed a truly impressive central defensive duo with Abdoulaye Seck (born 10.03.1988), apparently the cousin of Sy, throughout the season. Sy has described the partnership of the two players as almost telepathic. After the season both players got attention from foreign clubs and Seck eventually joined Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht in January 2011. Seck has yet to make his first team debut for his new club.

The transfer of Seck meant that Sy had to step up his game and he is currently the sole leader and captain of a highly talented squad. At the time of writing, Sy has played 7 of 11 league matches for ASC Niary Tally in the Ligue 1 2010-2011.

Sy missed a couple of matches when representing the Senegal B national football team in the African Nations Championship (CHAN), played in Sudan in February 2011. Sy played all three matches for Senegal B, making a huge impression.

Sy is born 10.02.1989 according to the Confederation of African Football. He is known for his physical presence, his discipline, his hard tackles and his aerial power. According to the official homepage of ASC Niary Tally, Sy is 191 centimeters and 86 kilos.

Sy was interviewed earlier this month and revealed that his goals are to win the Ligue 1 2010-2011 with ASC Niary Tally, to play for the Senegal national football team and to sign a professional contract in Europe. He admits that he has a soft spot for Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United FC. The interviewed can be read by following this link:

The picture of Sy is also taken from this webpage.

I personally think Sy should be able to strengthen many central defenses of mid-level teams in Europe. Sy deserves the same chance as Seck and will most likely leave the Senegalese shores during 2011.

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