Senegal planning to outdo the class of 2002 who reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup
Posted: 29 May 2018 Time: 16:51
Senegal are planning to outshine the iconic class of 2002 side at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to a former teammate of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca.
Kara Mbodji, 28, just returned from a five-month injury lay-off in time to be included in the Teranga Lions World Cup plans and has sought to explain their lofty ambitions in Russia.
The Anderlecht defender has been an ever-present figure under head coach Alou Cisse forging a physically imposing defensive partnership with Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, whom he played alongside at club level at Belgian side Genk.
Kara feels the experience of Cisse and their talent at the disposal of their current squad means they can aim high and complete their major objectives.
"He (Cisse) has a lot of experience and that really helps us. Aside from the 2002 World Cup, he's played in lots of Africa Cup of Nations competitions and we’re lucky to have a coach like him," he told the FIFA official website.
"God willing, we'll achieve our objectives. It's only natural that we want to go further than the generation of 2002. We have to rise to the occasion at the World Cup.
"We need to get past the group phase and then go as far as we can," he added. "It would be fantastic for us and the people of Senegal if we did better than in 2002."