Posted by: westafricanfootball | 24/06/2012

ASC DIARAF – SEASON REVIEW

The first stage of the Senegalese Ligue 1 2011-2012 finished on 20.05.2012. Four teams have advanced to the next stage: the Diambars academy and last season’s champions US Ouakam from “Poule A” and ASC Niary Tally and Casa Sport from “Poule B”. ASC Diaraf, historically the main club in Senegal, missed out on qualification by the slightest of margins and will be disappointed with their performance this season.

In this post, I will present information and statistics about their season.

Goalkeeper Mohamed Salzman, signed from CSS Richard-Toll before the season, played 13 of 14 matches and proved to be one of the revelations of the season. The defence of ASC Diaraf usually consisted of central defenders El Hadji Pape Seye Diallo and Jean Francois Diokh, left-back Babacar Seck and right-back Matar Kanté. Diallo was signed from Guédiawaye FC before the season, while veteran Diokh won the league with US Ouakam last season. Kanté was part of the Yeggo Foot Pro team that won promotion to the Ligue 1 last season. Seck is an attacking-minded, modern full-back who could have a bright future in Senegalese football. Despite playing with four new defensive players, including goalkeeper Salzman, signed from four different clubs, the players blended rather quickly and ASC Diaraf conceded only eight goals in 14 matches.

ASC Diaraf practiced a rotation system in midfield but Djibril Sidibé and Karamba Diallo, primarily central midfielders, seemed to play whenever they were fit. The enterprising Ibrahima Cissé, most likely born in 1985 or 1986, was often found on the right side of midfield. Strongman Dominque Gomis, Pape Macou Sarr, Vito Badiane and Ibou Sene Diouf also featured regularly, the latter mostly making substitute appearances. On paper, all mentioned players are considered as top shelf in the Senegalese league. Especially Sarr, a skillful attacking midfielder often found on the left-wing, is on the radar of several European clubs. Some of his qualities can be viewed in this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn-DUvbMQ_4

Gomis is also an interesting player, a tall (188 centimeters), strong defensive midfielder who fights hard and is important to the balance of the team. Badiane, formerly of SC Covilha (Portugal) and Maritzburg United FC (South Africa), and Diallo were both signed from AS Douanes before the current season.

Up front, veteran striker Alpha Oumar Sow became the top scorer of the team. Sow was often partnered by Abdou Latif Guenoune or Ivorian striker Alpha Tidiane Koné. Koné, apparently a former player of Denguélé d’Odienné (Ivory Coast) and CS Hammam-Lif (Tunisia), will be disappointed not having scored a single goal in eight or nine performances.

The Senegalese league is a physical league and both Sow and Guenoune are strikers with great strength. Sow has experience from European football, namely US Sénart-Moissy in France. Guenoune made a name for himself during the season 2010-2011, when he played for both ASC Dahra and AS Douanes.

The picture is of Sow and was found on seneweb.com.

Statistics:

Name Position D.O.B. Nat. Matches(d) Matches(e) Goals
BADIANE, Vito M 02.06.1986   11 13 0
CISSÉ, Ibrahima     13   3
DAFFÉ, Mohamed       1 1 0
DIALLO, El Hadji Pape Seye D 27.01.1986   13 14 0
DIALLO, Karamba M 01.02.1986   9 10 0
DIOKH, Jean Francois D     11 12 0
DIOUF, Ibou Sene M 10.07.1988   12 13 1
GOMIS, Dominique M 24.08.1987   10 11 0
GUENOUNE, Abdou Latif F     9 11 3
GUEYE,  Papa Bacary D     1 1 0
KANTÉ, Matar D     12 13 0
KONÉ, Alpha Tidiane F   CIV 8 9 0
MBAYE, Pape Mabousso M 14.07.1986   1 1 0
NDIOUR, Ousseynou G 18.03.1971   1 1 0
NIANG, Ismaïla F     7 8 0
SALZMAN, Mohamed G     13   0
SANKHARÉ, Adama       3 3 0
SARR, Pape Macou M 25.07.1991   8 9 0
SECK, Babacar D     12 13 3
SIDIBÉ, Djibril M     11 12 2
SOW, Alpha Oumar F 12.02.1984   12 13 5
SYLLA, Abdou Lahat D     1 1 0
TALL, Bocar Demba D     2 2 0

 

Explanations:

“Name” – the player’s full name.

“Position” – position on the field, either goalkeeper (G), defender (D), midfielder (M) or forward (F).

“Date of birth” – when only birth years are mentioned, these are based on estimates.

“Nat.” – nationality. Unless specified, I assume all players are from Senegal.

“Matches(d)” – number of matches I can document the player has been involved in.

“Matches(e)” – number of matches, based on an estimate.

“Goals” – only documented league goals.


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