FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Team: Senegal
Updated: Sep 6
Info about the National Team
Senegal, also known as “The Lions of Terragana” made two previous World Cup appearances in Japan 2002 and Russia 2018. At the 2002 World Cup they made it all the way to the quarter finals which is a record best performance by an African Nation. This year's team is surely aspiring to match or beat that at Qatar 2022. They have been in great form having recently won the African Cup of Nations just a few months ago so it will be no surprise if Senegal do well in at the World Cup.
The team is fortunate enough to have two world class players; Sadio Mane who plays as a winger for Liverpool and the highly regarded goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, who plays for Chelsea.
A great time to visit is from December through April as temperatures are at a comfortable range. The official language of the country is French yet surprisingly only 12% of the country can speak French. There are 39 different dialects spoken depending on the region as well as Arabic.
Dakar is the Capital and the largest city in Senegal. It’s home to where the longest rally race in the world ends starting 4200 km away in Paris. If you’re a museum lover you must stop by the IFAN Museum of African Arts which is one of West Africa’s oldest museums. If you’re partial for a cold beer, you’ll have to take an afternoon break at the bustling Sandaga market for a taster or two of the freshly brewed local beers.
One of the must-see sights is the Faidherbe Bridge in Saint Louis, spanning the length of the Senegal river which is considered a 19th century architectural masterpiece. If that’s not enough, you must get yourself out to one of the Annual May jazz festivals which has given Saint Louis is stella reputation.
Popenguine is a special Natural Reserves that is worth visiting. It’s located about an hour’s drive South of Dakar. This 1000-acre habitat is home to local birds such as the Parakeet and the bluebird, Monticat. Close by there’s a sacred and beautiful Roman Catholic Basilica named Notre de la Delivrance.
If you’re a foodie, then don’t worry. Senegalese cuisine is a fusion of French, Portuguese and the Middle Eastern; in other words, it won’t disappoint! Here are some of the most interesting dishes to get stuck into:
the national dish called Thiéboudienne and was invented in Saint Loius. This dish consists of fish prepared in tomato sauce with rice
If you fancy some chicken then try Yassa which is quarters of chicken simmered in red wine vinegar and spiced with scotch bonnet pepper
After tasting some local dishes you’ll realize what you’ve been missing all these years!
How do you think Senegal will do at Qatar 2022?