Posted by: westafricanfootball | 11/07/2011

BABACAR SECK

Sometimes the statistics tell you that a certain player is someone to keep an eye on – even though you know very little about the player. Babacar Seck of ASC Diaraf in the Senegalese Ligue 1 is an example of such a player.

Seck is the regular left-back at ASC Diaraf, currently number three in the Senegalese Ligue 1 2010-2011.

As far as I know, this is the second season at top level for Seck. He forced his way into the first team of ASC Diaraf during the latter stages of the Ligue 1 2010. He has made the left-back position his own during the current campaign. Seck has also been a regular member of the team during ASC Diaraf’s matches in the Orange CAF Champions League 2011.

In January 2011, the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football included Seck in a list of players considered for both the Senegal B national football team and the Senegal U-23 national football team.

In May 2011, Ousseynou Sene, who is a rather experienced coach in Senegalese football, named Seck as the left-back of his personal “Team of the first round of the Ligue 1 2010-2011”.

On 27.06.2011, Seck scored two goals when ASC Diaraf won 4-2 against Casa Sport in a top match in the Ligue 1 2010-2011. As far as I know, these were his two first league goals.

Seck is a very young and talented player, born 15.12.1992 according to http://www.lsfp.sn and Transfermarkt. At the time of writing, Seck is therefore 18 years old. Despite being young, Seck is a very athletic player, as seen on the photo, taken from leta.lv.

One of the reasons why I am pretty sure that Seck is a diamond in the rough is the fact that ASC Diaraf (arguably) is the club in Senegal with most economic muscles. The club has brought several top players to the club recently, including central defender Thiemokho Mbengue (born 10.03.1983) and experienced strikers Pape Ciré Dia (born 19.08.1980) and Mourchid Iyane Ly (born 28.12.1986). All three players have experience from professional leagues and have probably high salaries by local standards. In other words, if ASC Diaraf needed a new left-back, they would bring a more experienced left-back to the club. Instead, they obviously have confidence in the young, promising Babacar Seck.

Hopefully, I will soon be able to find more information about this player but don’t be surprised if Seck becomes a household name in Senegalese football during the coming years.


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