It has been a poor tournament for the African teams at the Russia 2018 World Cup with the four out of the five teams from the continent already losing their opening game of the Mundial.
The continent's fifth flagbearer, Senegal will be in action on Tuesday as the action finally gets to Group H and expectations are understandably high that Sadio Mane and his teammates can give Africa her first point if not maiden victory in Russia.
Having captained Senegal to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002, the Lions Coach Aliou Cisse will be hoping for a repeat of that campaign as head coach, with Poland first up on Tuesday.
Senegal come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win over South Korea, but prior to that, they were struggling to find their form.
Draws against Uzbekistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Luxembourg were followed up by a 2-1 defeat to Croatia ahead of their most recent victory.
Cisse faces a difficult task, but on the chance of repeating the heroics of 2002, he said: “We are always dreaming. I think we should start small, dream big and think big for the World Cup.”
However, he warned against overconfidence, saying: “Do not get carried away. It should not be that people put us in a favourite position only because Senegal was a quarter-finalist at the 2002 World Cup.”
Since losing 1-0 to Nigeria in March, Poland haveresponded well with victories over South Korea (3-2) and Lithuania (4-0), with a 2-2 draw against Chile sandwiched in between.
Adam Nawalka tinkered with his formations last year, switching to a 3-4-3 from a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2. According to him, the aim was to “try something new and maximise the potential of some players”.
Whether or not the gamble pays off remains to be seen.
PREDICTION: Poland 🇵🇱 0 Vs Senegal 🇸🇳 2
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