In the streets of Dakar, the fever rises as the Teranga lions approach the round of 16 against the English in Qatar.
In this workshop, it’s time to flock the jerseys that the supporters will wear on Sunday during the Lions derby. The band at Aliou Cisse makes a whole country dream. For the Senegalese, the African champions have arguments to make.
“Well, we have to take into account that we are the champions of Africa, so we are waiting for the second round (next phase) and as champions of Africa we will face England. We can stand up to them because that we have this team, we have such a good defense and our attack will not be ignored, it is very good,” said Dakar resident Arona Diadhiou.
Ame Diagne, trader, agrees: “Any team that will face the African champion must be ready. We know that the English talk a lot but it’s because they are under pressure unlike us. And a lot of our players are doing well in their league.”
However, facing the three lions, the Senegalese do not have the favor of the forecasts. Simple detail for their twelfth man.
“I’m not afraid of England’s favorite status. I’m sure our team can beat England. Often the favorite team tends to underestimate the opponent, while they come with determination and commitment,” explains Alassane Ndao, a resident of the Senegalese capital.
In this land of football, the lions of the teranga arouse vocations. The country will not sulk the pleasure of a victory over the inventors of the discipline.