ASC Niary Tally, based in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, has developed into a quality football team, ending the Ligue 1 2011-2012 as the winners of “Poule B” and number three in the final tournament, only beaten by Casa Sport and the Diambars Academy. The team consists of several interesting players that deserves attention.
Cheikh Thioub, arguably one of the finest goalkeepers in the Ligue 1, is first choice between the sticks. Thioub faced tough competition from the agile Bity Sy, signed from ASC Jeanne d’Arc. Alioune Cissé, a brilliant full-back or defensive midfielder, is often captaining the team. Some of his qualities can be viewed in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK89sxNO59A&feature=related. Augustin Olivier Ndiaye is a towering centre-back or defensive midfielder. Some highlights are found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwj_rCHCn0Q&feature=share. Sidath Ndiaye, signed from ASC Jeanne d’Arc, has the same versatility and can play in defence or midfield.
Ass Mandaw Sy, the big centre-back who has been performing brilliantly for several seasons, joined FUS Rabat (Morocco) after the season.
Djiby Diaw Tireira is a consistent, attacking-minded left-back who could do well at a higher level.
Pape Youssou Badji is a key midfielder with defensive responsibilities. Moustapha Kassé, a central midfielder or centre-back, was surprisingly often used as a substitute. Kassé is usually a key member of the team.
I am currently trying to find more information about three exciting midfielders; Abdoulaye Ba, Alphonse Ba and Amadou Badiane. Abdoulaye Ba played for the Senegal U-20 national football team during the season, Alphonse Ba proved to be a good finisher during the second part of the season while Amadou Badiane showed a lot of promise and got some rave reviews.
Aziz Ba is an up-and-coming attacker, still a teenager. The powerful Mohamed Niang Fadel Diop had a rather disapointing season and was mostly found on the bench during the second part of the season. Abdoulaye Ndao, one of the revelations of the season, was often preferred in the target man role. Ndao, a big and strong striker, was signed from Yeggo Foot Pro before the season. Veteran striker Pape Bouna Thiaw, formerly of Lausanne Sports (Switzerland) and US Créteil (France), failed to score after his comeback in local football. Thiaw’s experience was nevertheless important for the youngsters at the team.
The picture of the team was found on www.sunuker.com.
|BADJI, Pape Youssou||M||15||17||0|
|DIOP, Mohamed Niang Fadel||F||27.11.1987||13||14||2|
|NDIAYE, Antoine Simon||1||1||0|
|NDIAYE, Augustin Olivier||D||14||16||0|
|SARR, Mohamed Lamine||D||5||6||0|
|SECK, Pape Souleymane||1||1||0|
|SY, Ass Mandaw||D||10.02.1989||12||14||0|
|THIAW, Pape Bouna||F||05.02.1981||8||10||0|
|TIREIRA, Djiby Diaw||D||16.10.1988||16||19||1|
|TOP, El Hadji Ousmane||G||0||0||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.