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**Senegal and their firepower

This time around, Senegal’s group has Colombia, Japan and Poland. These are three sides that aren’t really one of the top ones. While Colombia is a very good side, they don’t fall under the list of World Cup favourites. They do have the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, but one can’t really be sure if they will repeat their heroics of the last edition.

This will be the second time that Senegal will be playing the World Cup after their largely successful and impressive campaign back in 2002 when they beat France and held onto an entertaining 3-3 draw against Uruguay.

At the back, Senegal boast of the defensive prowess of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, whose performances for the Partenopei have attracted interest from other clubs and he is a vital part of the side at the club.

They have West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye in midfield and both of them are one of the most feared midfield operators in England, despite playing for sides that are outside of the EPL’s top six - West Ham and Everton.

This time around, Senegal will be spearheaded by the mercurial Sadio Mane, who played a vital role in guiding Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League this season. Keita Balde Diao scored 8 times and assisted 5 times for Monaco in the Ligue 1 this season and will be an important part of Les Lions de la Teranga.

One would be making a grave error in underestimating this Senegalese side, which will look to repeat its heroics of 2002 all over again.

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