Senegal will feature in the 2021 COSAFA Cup as a guest nation but are determined to take
home the trophy when the tournament is played in Nelson Mandela Bay from July 6-18.
The west Africans have been drawn in Group C along with six-time winners Zimbabwe,
Mozambique and 2015 champions Namibia, with only the top team guaranteed a place in
There will be no Sadio Mane or Idrissa Gueye in their side, but instead a group of young,
hungry players from the Senegalese domestic league, and their Head of Delegation for the
the trip, Sam Diatta, says they have just one goal in mind for their visit to South Africa.
“A guest should be hungry when they come to your place and we are definitely hungry,”
Diatta tells The COSAFA Show. “We like these kinds of situations, being invited and then to
go and take the trophy. We are not coming as tourists, we are coming to fight and play.
“We want to show that no matter the players we bring, we will show the image of Senegal.
And in Senegal, talent is not a question, we have so many talented players (in the local
“You could bring even four teams to South Africa and each would represent the country
(well) in that tournament. We are going as a hungry team to show people we can do
something good. “We are going to play good football and fight to take the trophy.”