Senegal defender Pape Djibril Diaw called up to replace Lamine Gassama

The Korona Kielce defender could make his Senegal senior national team debut this week in a 2019 Afcon qualifier against Sudan home and away

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has called-up Poland-based Pape Djibril Diaw as replacement for injured defender Lamine Gassama.

Diaw had been placed on the stand-by list by Cisse and will step in for Gassama who lasted 35 minutes last Friday. This was when his Turkish Super Lig side Goztepe lost 3-1 to Kasimpasa.

Gassama was forced off after sustaining a groin injury. Diaw’s call-up sees the more experienced Nantes defender Kara Mbodji once again being overlooked.

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Senegal are on top of Group A with four points, although they dropped two points last month after they were held 2-2 away in Madagascar.

Cisse and his men would be seeking to maintain their lead and an unbeaten run in the qualifiers. Their opponents Sudan are struggling after losing their first two games.

The first match against Sudan is on Saturday, before playing them again away in Khartoum three days later.