Senegal’s national under-20 rugby team will face Côte d’Ivoire on January 28 in the category’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The information was revealed by the secretary general of the Senegalese Rugby Federation, Oumar Diagne. The Cubs of the oval ball will have the elephants on January 28 on their way to qualifying for the CAN (-20 years old). Called the Barthes Trophy, this U20 Africa Cup of Nations, the first edition of which was won by Namibia in 2007, is organized each year by Rugby Africa even if the 2020 edition had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Third in 2019 and 2021, the Senegal national team will want to do better this time than during these two participations but for that it will already be necessary to recover from Côte d’Ivoire during these playoffs. In an interview published Friday in the national daily Le Soleil, the communication officer of the FSR, Madiagne Niang, declared that the objective of the governing body of the discipline is to qualify the national team for this continental competition.
Once qualified, Senegal will try to win the sesame by qualifying for the next junior world championship reserved only for the winner of the competition.