Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal have been forced to make two changes to their squad just days before their title defense begins, with striker Boulaye Dia and backup goalkeeper Signe Dieng ruled out of the upcoming game in Ivory Coast this week. six.
The Senegalese Football Federation said on Tuesday they would be replaced by Bamba Dieng and Alfred Gomis, both of whom play for struggling French club Lorient.
Dia injured his knee while playing for Salernitana in the Italian League against Milan on December 22. His eligibility has been questioned, but he has been given time to try to recover.
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dieng also participated in the Senegal national team's training camp in Dakar in the hope of regaining his fitness, but he did not succeed and the opponent team won the Premier League match at the Swansea City Stadium in December last year. Mid-thigh injury. 16.
Deng and Gomis joining the national team of the African country Senegal is another blow to Lorient, which is second to last in the Ligue 1 standings, because Lorient already has five players participating in the African Cup. They are:
- Dear Yongwa (Cameroon).
- Gideon Kalulu (Democratic Republic of Congo).
- Celine Doucouré (Mali).
- Formose Mendy (Senegal).
- Montasser Talbi (Tunisia).
Senegal will face Gambia in their Africa Cup of Nations match next Monday in Yamoussoukro.