The Senegalese Ligue 1 2013 will kick off this weekend. In this post, I will present transfer information and squad information. The picture, found on www.guediawayefc.com, shows players of Guédiawaye FC, one of the dark horses of the season.
Casa Sport, based in Ziguinchor, won the Senegalese Ligue 1 2011-2012 and will be hoping for another successful campaign. Several interesting players have joined the ambitious club. Abdoulaye Seck, who captained Touré Kunda last season, is one of the most promising centre-backs in the league. Pape Amadou Touré (born 24.12.1991) will fight for the left-back spot. Touré, primarily known for his four seasons at ASC Diaraf, played for Touré Kunda in 2011-2012. Ismaïla Niang, a defensive midfielder, joins from ASC Diaraf. Up front, Casa Sport has strenghtened their squad by signing powerful striker Mouhamadou Moustapha Ndiaye (born 05.04.1988) from AS Pikine, Lamine Fanné from Touré Kunda and Ousmane Gassama from Racing Club de Dakar. Gassama, formerly of the Senegal B and the Senegal U-23 national football team, is particularly interesting. Ndiaye, who scored only one goal for AS Pikine last season, is often referred to as “Davala”. As far as I know, lanky youngster Ibrahima Dramé (born 25.09.1995) will play for Casa Sport this season. Dramé, who is on the radar of Norwegian club SK Brann, is a product of the prestigous Aspire Academy in Qatar.
On 15.12.2012, the Gambia B national football team drew 1-1 against Angola in an international friendly match. Gambia’s goalscorer, an attacker called Saloum Faal (born 02.11.1995), has apparently joined Casa Sport from Gambia Ports Authority.
According to excellent webpage http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of Casa Sport is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Pape Maguette Gning, Souleymane Sané, Moussa Soukouna
Défenseurs (9): Mamading Kidiéra, Yaya Sonko, Mame Saher Thioune, Abdoulaye Diallo, Souleymane Mané, Mody Traoré, Abdoulaye Seck, Kemo Soumaré, Pape Amadou Touré
Milieux (12): Bonaventure Mankabo, Ismaila Diarra Badji, Christian Pascal Diatta, Youssouph Coly, Emile Paul Tendeng, Pierre Benoit Obiya Manga, Faustin Senghor, Ismaila Niang, Siaka Sané, Ibrahima Dramé, Dominique Mendy, Alpha THiam
Attaquants (5): Aliou Coly, Pape Sané, Karim Ben Badji, Lamine Fané, Mouhamadou Mustapha Ndiaye
You can follow Casa Sport through their Facebook-page: www.facebook.com/pages/CASA-SPORT-DE-ZIGUINCHOR/119973221416081. The local newspaper is also a good source of information: www.scoopsdeziguinchor.com.
DAKAR UNIVERSITÉ CLUB
Dakar Université Club, often referred to as DUC, has been called “the eternal outsider” of Senegalese football. Before the current season, DUC has signed strikers Ameth Diallo, a fringe player at ASC La Linguère, Mouhamadou Dramé, formerly of US Gorée, and Landing Sané Diatta, formerly of Casa Sport. DUC will miss attacking midfielder Jean Remy Bocande, who joined US Gorée. Look out for midfield general Famara Mané (born 02.02.1991), presented in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io0njny_kBM. Mané is the brother of Ousmane Mané, the goalkeeper of the Diambars Academy and the Senegal national football team.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of DUC is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Aziz Dramé, Abdou Diop, Baba Séne
Défenseurs (5): Souleymane Sadio, Mansour Badji (C), Pape Amadou Cissé, Fadel Fall, Ass Gaye
Milieux (15): Johnson Nwachukwu, Famara Mané, Babacar dit Mbaye Niang, Cheikh Kh. A. Cissé, Ousmane Diallo, Moussa Ndiaye, Amadou Ba, Pape Pathé Seck, Pape Latyr Ndiaye, Pape Kana, Yahya Diop, Pape Diop, Omar Cissé, Ameth Diallo, Elhadji Cissé
Attaquants (5): Diarga Fall, Alioune Fall, Landing Diatta, Mouhamadou Dramé, Demba Coly
As always, the Diambars Institute wants to develop their own players instead of signing players from others. This season, I predict a breakthrough for young attacker Dame Gueye, a member of the Senegal U-20 national football team.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of Diambars is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Ousmane Mané, Abdoulaye Gueye, Nfally Badji
Défenseurs (8): Djiby Ndiaye, Elhadji Sidy Guéye, Seydina A. B. L. Keita, Moustapha Fofana, Souleymane W. Sagna, Khassim Soumaré, Ousseynou Thiam, Mamadou Ndao
Milieux (8): Maktar Fall, Salim Mohamed Ndao, Ousseynou Ndiaye, Arfang Daff, Ousseynou Ndiaye, Hamidou Diop, Emmanuel Gomis, Souleymane Cissé
Attaquants (8): Mignane Diouf, Ousseynou Boye, Aristide Simone Diedhiou, Dame Guéye, Pape Moussa Dioum Sow
ASC Diaraf has signed top-rated goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye (born 05.04.1985) and Samba Gueye (born 04.01.1985), the experienced centre-back, from ASC La Linguère. The squad of ASC Diaraf is currently unknown.
AS Douanes has apparently lost key midfielder Mamadou Dieye to ASC Niary Tally and he will be sorely missed if this transfer has taken place. Besides this, it is difficult to find information about transfers.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of AS Douanes is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Issa NDiaye, Matar Séne, Pape Seydou Ndiaye
Défenseurs (8): Elhadji Youssoupha Konaté, Baye Demba Mbengue, Pape Ousmane Ndao, Sidy Ndiaye, Baye Demba Mbengue, Maham Niang, Fallou Diop
Milieux (9): Ass Ndoye, Mamadou Diéye, Ibrahima Kidiéra, Pape Ibrahima Faye, Moussa Guéye, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Pape Babacar Diagne, Mame Birame Gaye
Attaquants (8): Moussa Ndiaye, Salif Keita, Samba Taboura, Justin Mendy, Sory Simakha, Vieux Faye, Pape Assane Ndoye, Elhadji Gagnsiry Diallo
It is difficult to find information about US Gorée and its players. Playmaker Jean Remy Bocande has joined from DUC and I expect Bocande and promising midfielder Roger Gomis (born 05.09.1994) to be key players.
Guédiawaye FC is an ambitious side who has made several smart signings before the new season. Full-back Abdourahmane Diop from US Gorée is an experienced campaigner. Ibra Ndiaye, a defensive midfielder formerly of US Gorée and CSS Richard-Toll, could become a key player. Up-front, top striker Mouhamadou Dieng (born 01.01.1985) will have support from Moustapha Mendy (born 06.05.1986), who failed to break through at US Ouakam, and Ousmane Hanne (born 14.06.1989), who played for CSS Richard-Toll last season. Watch out for talented left-winger William Mendy.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of GFC is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Pape Latyr Diop, Pape Ousseynou Sy, Talla Séne
Défenseurs (8): Abdou Guéye, Abdourahmane Diop, Kosso Luc Atouba Bienvenu, Cessay Abdou (Eyimba), Ibrahima Birame Coundoul, Emmanuel Johnas, Cheikh Amadou Tidiane Sall, Ibrahima Keita
Milieux (11): Ibra Ndiaye (BIRA), Mouhamed Touré, Alex Ngessiame Dogue, Abdoulaye Ndione, Mame Cheikh Samb, Maodo Malick Béye, Ousmane Ann, Babacar Guéye, Cheikh Bounama Cissé, William Sylva, Mouhamed El Fadel Barry
Attaquants (3): Mouhamadou Dieng, Amadou Ba, Moustapha Mendy
I would also like to recommend the excellent homepage of GFC: http://www.guediawayefc.com.
ASC LA LINGUÈRE
ASC La Linguère has lost several players and looks set for a difficult season, relying heavily on young, inexperienced players. The following players have left the club: Moussa Dembélé (AS Pikine), Ameth Diallo (DUC), Habib Diop (AS Pikine), Sérigne Cheikh Diouck (AS Pikine), Samba Gueye (ASC Diaraf), Khadim Ndiaye (ASC Diaraf),
Apparently, Ibrahim Dermé, the striker from Burkina Faso, and key midfielder Madiop Ndiaye have also left the club.
Key players will most likely be defensive midfielder / centre-back Mansour Ba (born 03.05.1983), captain Pape Idrissa Sall (born 10.12.1987) and striker Mohamed Remy Gomis (born 24.11.1990)
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of ASC La Linguère is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Babacar Diaw, Pape Mamadou Ndiaye, Assane Fall
Défenseurs (9): Assane Ba, Pape Idrissa Sall (C), Mamadou Seck, Valentin Keny, Moussa Thiam, Mbaye Thiam, Lamine Coly
Milieux (8): Mansour Ba, Eumeu Niang, Pape Semega Diane, Moulaye Sy, Mamadou Aly Diouf, Souleymane Badji, Mass Sakho, Amadou Doudou Soumaré
Attaquants (8): Thierno Niang, Cheikh Abass Sané, Samba Tamboura, Mame Ibrahima Ndiaye, Mouhamadou Rémi Gomis, Alioune Badara Fall, Kader Fall, Oumar Sy
ASC NIARY TALLY
AS Niary Tally has signed two interesting attacking players from Casa Sport; Alouise Thiaw and Mamadou Diatta Ndiaye. Ferdinand Gomis (born 31.03,1984) from CSS Richard-Toll will strenghten the defence. Defensive midfielder Vito Badiane (born 02.06.1986) failed to shine at ASC Diaraf but is a quality player. The striking pair of Alphonse Ba and Abdoulaye Ndao is very interesting.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of ASC Niary Tally is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Bity Sy, Ousmane Top, Cheikh Omar Fall
Défenseurs (7): Aliou Cissé, Augustin Ndiaye, Djiby Diao Tiréra, Adiouma Gaye, Ferdinand Gomis, Abdoulaye Diéne, Ousmane Thiaré
Milieux (13): Sidate Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Ba, Youssouf Badji, Amadou E. Badiane, Toumani Diédhiou, Moustapha Kassé, Vito Badiane, Talla Ndiaye, Bassirou Touré, Mamadou Diatta Ndiaye, Nagib Athié, Gora Samb, Amadou Diallo
Attaquants (5): Aziz Ba, Abdoulaye Ndao, Alphonse Ba, Alouise Thiaw, Moustapha Guére
OLYMPIQUE DE NGOR
The star player of newly promoted Olympique de Ngor is playmaker Arthur Yannick Gomis, formerly of the Senegal U-23 national football team. According to unconfirmed sources, Olympique de Ngor has signed Cherif Ousmane Sarr from Hassania d’Agadir in Morocco.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of Olympique de Ngor is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Pape Abdoulaye Dieng, Antou Guéye, Ibrahima Ndiaye
Défenseurs(8): Pape Kambel Mbaye, Thiémokho Mbengue, Oumar Guéye, Tamsir Ngom, Ibrahima Diallo, Mor Sy, Poth Junior Ndaw, Mamadou Dramé
Millieux (7): Baye Basse Gueye (Capitaine), Mohamed Tine, Abdoulaye Faye, Arthur Yannick Gomis, Raoul Bindia, Abdel Kader Diop, Matar Ba
Attaquants (6): Elhadji Sine Bop, Bamar Samb, Fabou Fall, Landing Savane, Samba Kébé, Mamadou Mané
Central defender Alpha Ba (born 31.12.1989) returns to USO after a stint in Belgium and is a massive signing. I predict a good season for top striker Baye Oumar Niasse (born 18.04.1990), who failed to break through at SK Brann (Norway).
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of US Ouakam is as follows:
Gardiens (2): Pape Latyr Ndiaye, Alseyni Ndiaye
Défenseurs (9): Babacar Gueye, Pape Khaly Guéye, Pape Ibrahima Fall, Moussa Dioum, Ibrahima Seck, Moustapha Ndione, Pape Lamine Diop, Alpha Ba, Pape Samba Diallo
Milieux (10): Ngagne Diallo, Ibrahima Sory Soumah, Abass Seck, Mbaye Moussa Dione, Paul Cora Senghor, Matar Moussa Diagne, Elhadji Djiby Ndiaye, Seikou Oumar Diallo, Baye Serigne Mbaye, Adama Thiandoum
Attaquants (3): Baye Oumar Niass, Sadio Diao, Karifa Kourouma
AS Pikine is another ambitious side, clearly shown through the signing of three players from ASC La Linguère: right-back Habib Diop (born 02.08.1989), playmaker Moussa Dembélé (born 28.11.1986) and striker Sérigne Cheikh Diouck (born 03.12.1990). Left-back Pape Modou Ndiaye (born 02.11.1991) from US Ouakam and midfielder Thierno Makhtar Thioune (born 10.10.1989) are also great signings.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of AS Pikine is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Diaby Doucouré, Pape Diatta Ndiaye, Pape Malick Traoré
Défenseurs (9): Elhadji Habib Diop, Souleymane Cissé, Massamba Mbacké Diop, Mame Balla Diop, Alioune Badara Ndione (Capitaine), Cheikh Wade, Pape Abou Cissé, Serigne Modou Ndiaye, Michel Diatta
Milieux de terrains (8): Mamadou Massar Mbengue, Issa Sarr, Matar Thioune, Lamine Sarr, Diao Séne, Serigne Cheikh Gueye, Alioune Badara Diop, Isack Gérard Sambou
Attaquants (9): Ivingoma Ibrahima Kane, Pape Matar Lo, Cheikh Sy, Robert François Badiane, Séga Diop, Cheikh Diagne, Adama Mbaye, Serigne Cheikh Diouck, Moussa Dembélé
PORT DE DAKAR
Newly promoted Port de Dakar, also known as ASC Cite Port, has apparently signed Abdoulaye Badiane, an attacking midfielder from AS Pikine.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of Port is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Khalifa Mbengue, Adama Gueye, Yankhoba Traoré
Défenseurs (8): Souleymane Sylla, Ousmane Ndao, Sassy Moutarou, Seydina Badji, Assane Diagne, Salif Ndiaye, Paolo Gomis, Diambolo Baldé
Milieux (10): Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Zale Touré, Momo Fadél Fall, Daouda Guéye, Matar Guéye, Lamine Ndao, Khalil Fall, Yaly Fall Diéne, Lamine Keita, Mathieu Bandiacky
Attaquants (8): Abdoulaye Diakhaté, Eric Traoré, Ibrahima Touré, Mamadou Fall, Doudou Diagne, Waly Mendy, Ibrahima Sarr, Latyr Gadiaga
According to unconfirmed sources, CSS Richard-Toll has changed name to “ASSUR”. The club has lost several key players, including El Hadj Maodo Malick Beye (Guédiawaye FC), Ferdinand Gomis (ASC Niary Tally) and Ousmane Hanne (Guédiawaye FC). The squad of CSS is currently unknown.
Right-back Blaise Mingou (born 03.03.1991) from Casa Sport, midfielder Mame Birame Gaye from AS Douanes and striker Benoit Toupane from AS Douanes are three interesting newcomers at Touré Kunda. Apparently, the club has also signed attacker Cheikh Ndiaye from DUC.
According to http://www.galsenfoot.com, the squad of Touré Kunda is as follows:
Gardiens (3): Ousseynou Ndiaye, Ibrahima Diakhate, Yakhouba Ndiaye
Défenseurs (10): Souleymane Diallo, Mbaye Dia, Abdoulaye Kama, Mame Adama Gueye, Mamadou Diouf, Blaise Mingou, Ibrahima Ba, Cheikh Amadou Bamba Diop, Seny Tamba, Abdoulaye Sylla
Milieux (12): Adama Sarr, Pape Aliou Diallo, Baba Gueye, Omar Ly Badji, Mamadou Faly Touré, Mame Birame Gaye, Abou Diop, Mamadou Sow, Ibrahima Mbaye, Ibou Khole Faye, Madické Ba, Aliou Séne
Attaquants (11): Ismaila Sonko, Pape Cheikh Ndiaye, Benoit Toupane, Assane Dramé, Alioune Ba, Abdoulaye Guit Sylla, Abdoulaye Barry, Pape Ibrahima Séne, Mansour Samb, Abou Konaté, Ibrahima Sagna
It is difficult to find information about relegation candidates YEGGO. I know that defender Youssoupha Koné has joined from DUC but the rest of the squad is currently unknown.