Posted by: westafricanfootball | 07/07/2013

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SENEGALESE LIGUE 1 2013

Alioune Tendeng Jaraaf* Arthur Yannick Gomis (born 03.02.1992) of Olympique de Ngor is definitely a player to watch. Yesterday, Gomis scored a beautiful goal for the Senegal B national football team in a qualifier for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) against the Mauritania B national football team. Gomis, primarily an playmaker, attacking midfielder or support striker, has so far played 20 matches and scored four goals during the Ligue 1 2013. Three of the goals have been scored during the last five matches. Earlier this year, Gomis was linked to Evian Thonon Gaillard FC (France) and FC Copenhagen (Denmark). He is apparently 180 centimeters and 75 kilos.

The following video shows a few glimpses of Gomis’ qualities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvn80Or-fhQ

* El Hadj Fine Bop (born 12.10.1994), the prodigy striker at Olympique de Ngor, was recently included in the squad of the Senegal B national football team. Bop is the current top scorer in the Senegalese Ligue 1 2013, having scored 11 goals in 23 matches. Bop was presented in my post from 02.04.2013: https://westafricanfootball.com/2013/04/02/el-hadji-fine-bop/.

The following video shows a few glimpses of Bop’s talent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVseWZJ_34s

* Casa Sport has recently signed two foreign players. Saloum Faal (born 10.10.1994), a left-winger / attacking midfielder / striker and a full international player for Gambia, has joined on a loan-deal from Gambia Ports Authority FC. I have previously written that Faal is born 02.11.1995 but according to FIFA, 10.10.1994 is the correct date of birth. Faal has an excellent left-foot and is a creative player with a lot of pace. Although Gambia is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, it is quite rare that players from Gambia plays in the Senegalese league. At the time of writing, Faal has started two league matches and made a few substitute appearances for Casa Sport. Personally, I am unsure Faal will be able to break through in Senegalese football, but it is still eight matches to go for the Ziguinchor-based side.

The other new signing is Fousseny Sanogo, a striker from the Ivory Coast, possibly the same “Fousseny Sanogo” that played for Africa Sports back in 2011. Sanogo has mostly been found on the bench, but has made a couple of substitute appearances.

* I have a good feeling about Pape Amadou Cissé (born 03.03.1990), the towering centre-back of DUC. Cissé has been a consistent rock in the DUC-defence this season, having played 21 of 23 matches. Cissé is also effective as a defensive midfielder. Fadel Fall (born 10.09.1990) is another quality player at DUC with a lot of the same qualities as Cissé; big, strong, consistent and able to play in the heart of defence, or as a holding midfielder.

* Ibrahima Diop (born 24.01.1992) is an interesting striker at ASC Diaraf. Diop has played 13 matches (including 5 substitute appearances) and scored two goals. Midfielder Idrissa Niang (born 25.02.1992) has been a revelation since joining ASC Diaraf from CSS Richard-Toll. Niang, who has played all 23 matches this season, was recently included in the squad of the Senegal B national football team.

* Another interesting player at ASC Diaraf is midfielder Alioune Badara Tendeng (born 07.03.1992). The picture is of Tendeng and was found on anps-senegal.com. Tendeng is a product of Zig-Inter FC, traditionally the second club in Ziguinchor, behind Casa Sport. Before the Ligue 1 2011-2012, Tendeng was transferred to Casa Sport. The stint at Casa Sport turned out to be a nightmare, as Tendeng was kept in the cold throughout the season, eventually being released. Somewhat surprising to me, Tendeng won a contract with ASC Diaraf, a powerhouse in Senegalese football, and at the time of writing, he has played 22 matches (one goal) for the rather impressive Diaraf-side, currently number two at the table. Tendeng is also part of the Senegal B national football team. The petit midfielder, apparently the cousin of Emile Paul Tendeng of FC Vaslui (Romania), is a hard-working player with excellent ball-control.

* 20-year old goalkeeper Pape Seydou Ndiaye (born 11.02.1993) has experience from the Senegal U-23 and the Senegal U-20 national football team. The 194 centimeter tall youngster is currently the first choice goalkeeper at AS Douanes and has played the last 13 league matches of the team.

* Watch out for El Hadji Malick Niang (born 09.12.1995) of US Gorée. The teenage striker has scored three goals in 12 matches and was recently added in the squad of the Senegal B national football team.

* Midfielder Mamadou Aly Diouf has been a revelation at high-flying ASC La Linguère. Diouf, most likely 22-23 years old, has scored three goals in 21 matches and was rewarded with a place in the squad of the Senegal B national football team.

* As already mentioned, El Hadj Fine Bop of Olympique de Ngor is top scorer in the Senegalese Ligue 1 2013 with 11 goals. Benoit Toupane (born 10.06.1991) has scored 10 goals in 21 matches for ASC Touré Kounda. Left-back Babacar Seck (born 05.03.1990) of ASC Diaraf and striker Badara Badji (born 24.02.1994) of Yeggo Foot Pro have scored seven goals. Badji, formerly of the Mawade Wade acacemy, is starting to get headlines in Senegal. I am pretty sure this young, lanky striker could be heading places. It is no secret that Yeggo has a collaboration with French side AS Saint-Etienne and I won’t be surprised if Badji is already on their radar.


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