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  • 1 August 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 28652

Senegal - UAE Preview: Koto's team require only a point to seal quarter-final berth

Senegal - UAE Preview: Koto's team require only a point to seal quarter-final berth


The Arab nation are still searching for their first point at the Games but their African counterparts stunned Uruguay to leave themselves on the verge of a place in the last eight



O Mane
Toure, Kara, Gueye, Ciss
S Mane, Kouyate, Diame, Souare

Hussain, Ahmed, Al Kamali, Sanqour
O Abdulrahman, A Abdulrahman, Eisa

Matar, Khalil

Abdoulaye Ba was sent off in Senegal's last match against Uruguay, so Kara Mbodj is likely to step in at the back, although midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate can also fill that role.

Moussa Konate has scored all three of his team's goals so far and will therefore keep his place in the team over Dame N'Doye and Ibrahima Balde.

The United Arab Emirates have named the same team in both of their matches so far, and could do so again.

The midfield trio of Omar and Amer Abdulrahman and Rashid Essa looks settled, but Abdulaziz Sanqour was forced off due to injury against Great Britain and could be replaced by Saad Surour if he does not recover in time.

  • Senegal require only a draw to progress, and can win the group if Great Britain, who play Uruguay, fail to match their result.
  • Goal-scorer Konate, who only turned 19 in April, now plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv but for the 2010-11 season was competing in the Senegalese second tier with Toure Kunda.
  • Konate, with three goals, is the current joint-top scorer at the Games with Honduras striker Jerry Bengtson.
  • Only one Senegal player, goalkeeper Ousmane Mane, has not moved to a foreign club. The 21-year-old plays for Diambars, a club co-founded by a group of prominent footballers including Patrick Vieira.
  • Having lost both of their first two games, the UAE cannot progress to the quarter-finals. However, if Great Britain beat Uruguay, they could claim third place by winning this match.
  • Over-age striker Ismail Matar, scorer of one of the UAE's two goals in the tournament so far, helped the country to their first ever trophy, the Gulf Cup of Nations, in 2007. He was also named top scorer and best player at the tournament.
  • Matar, who is 29 years of age, has already won over 100 caps for the senior national team.
  • Every single member of the UAE squad plays their football in their home country.


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1Ousmane ManéGoalkeeper
5Papa GueyeDefender
6Zargo TouréMidfielder
8Cheikhou KouyatéDefender
9S. MbodjiDefender
18P. SouaréDefender
10Sadio ManéStriker
13Mohamed DiameMidfielder
17S. BadjiMidfielder
7Moussa KonatéMidfielder
15Magaye GueyeStriker
16P. CamaraGoalkeeper
2Saliou CissDefender
4Abdoulaye BaDefender
-Ibrahima SeckMidfielder
14Idrissa GueyeMidfielder
-Khalidou Coulibaly YeroStriker
-Khalid EisaGoalkeeper
4Mohamed Ahmad GharibDefender
8Hamdan Al KamaliDefender
5Amer Al HammadiMidfielder
-Khamis IsmaeelMidfielder
-Abdulaziz SanqourDefender
15Omar AbdulrahmanMidfielder
16Rashid EssaMidfielder
-Mohammed FawziMidfielder
-Ismail MatarStriker
11Ahmed KhalilStriker
1Ali KhaseifGoalkeeper
2Saad SurourDefender
-Habib FardanMidfielder
-Ahmed Al AbriStriker
-Ismaeel Al HammadiStriker
-Ali MabkhoutStriker
Players to Watch
Moussa Konaté
Moussa Konaté
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
4 5 0 0
Faced with plenty of competition for a place in the Senegal attack entering this tournament, Konate has undoubtedly cemented his spot as the team's first-choice centre forward ahead of the more experienced N'Doye and Balde.

Soon after he had buried Uruguay with two goals, the speculation around a move to a top European club began, and he will be keen to continue to impress.
Hamdan Al Kamali
Hamdan Al Kamali
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The central defender joined Lyon on loan, with a view to impressing and making a permanent move, in January but did not show the best of his ability against Great Britain.

The UAE have found a couple of goals in the opening two matches but they have been unable to keep them out at the other end, and Al Kamali will need to lead a resurgence at the back to give the nation a chance of picking up their first point or three.
With their results against Great Britain and Uruguay, Senegal have proven themselves to be opponents worth worrying about and they will be keen to enter the knockout stage on a high by achieving a good result in what is, on paper, their easiest fixture so far.

The UAE have not rolled over during this tournament but once again, the opposition's attacking talent should shine through.
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