The Diambars Academy, based in Diourbel, had a sensational first season at top level, finishing the Senegalese 2011-2012 Ligue 1 as runner-up. Almost every player in the squad can be described as a talent and foreign scouts should really consider checking out this exciting team, mostly consisting of players in their early twenties with experience from the Senegal B, Senegal U-23, Senegal U-20 and Senegal U-17 national football team.
Regular goalkeeper Ousmane Mané has had a fairytale season, making his full debut for the Senegal national football team. It is fair to say that Mané is currently the first choice goalkeeper of “Les Lions de la Teranga”.
Ousseynou Thioune, the promising defender, has been one of the revelations of the season. Thioune is the younger brother of central defender Mame Saër Thioune (Casa Sport) and attacking midfielder El Hadji Makhtar Thioune (Viking FK, Norway). El Hadji Sady Gueye is a tough, hard-tackling centre-back with a lot of experience despite being only 22 years old. Djiby Ndiaye is a trustworthy central defensive partner for Gueye. Khassim Soumaré is usually found on left-back.
The versatile Seydina Keita, comfortable in defence and in defensive midfield, has had a breakthrough season. Gueye and Keita were attending a trial at Norwegian club Viking FK in September and early October.
Matar Fall is the midfield general of the team, while playmaker Emmanuel Gomis was sorely missed when he travelled to Turkish second level side Boluspor during the season.
Up front, Ousseynou Boye is arguably the best finisher at the club. Boye is a typical “fox in the box”. Mignane Diouf, formerly of Tromsø IL (Norway) and Montreal Impact (Canada), is another great attacking option. Boye and Diouf will usually get service from brilliant wingers Arfang Boubacar Daffé (right) and Souleymane Cissé (left). Daffé was presented in my post from 14.09.2012: https://westafricanfootball.com/2012/09/14/arfang-boubacar-daffe/
Despite being a fringe player during the season, youngster El Hadj Mour Samb has shown a lot of promise for the Senegal U-20 national football team lately, Samb is a player to watch.
The picture is of Seydina Keita and El Hadji Sady Gueye and was found on rogalandsavis.no.
|DAFFÉ, Arfang Boubacar||F||13.12.1990||17||18||1|
|DIEDHIOU, Aristide Simon||F||18||19||3|
|GUEYE, El Hadji Sady||D||16.01.1990||13||15||0|
|NDAO, Salim Mamadou||M||20.02.1991||14||16||1|
|NDIAYE, Pape Alioune||M||27.10.1990||3||5||0|
|SAMB, El Hadj Mour||F||1||1||0|
|SECK, Seydou Bocar||1||1||0|
|SOW, Pape Moussa Dioum||F||2||2||0|
“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.