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SenegalSenegal
4-1
NamibiaNamibia
Gueye (10'), Diedhiou (38'), Mane (55'), Balde (83')
Sarr (73')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Kamatuka (75')
Hanamub (45+2'), Kambindu (60'), Fredericks (87')

Preview: Senegal vs. Namibia - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Senegal vs. Namibia - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's World Cup Qualifying - Africa clash between Senegal and Namibia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Looking to maintain their perfect record in Group H of the World Cup qualifiers, Senegal play host to Namibia at the Stade Lat Dior on Saturday.

The visitors, who have enjoyed a solid start so far, are currently second in the group standings and will look to keep the juggernaut rolling and upset their hosts.


Match preview

Senegal kicked off their pursuit of a third World Cup appearance on good note courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Togo in their group curtain-raiser on September 1.

Following an uneventful first half, the game sparked into life in the 56th minute when Sadio Mane broke the deadlock before Abdou Diallo doubled the lead with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.

Aliou Cisse's men made it two wins from two six days later as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Congo when the sides squared off at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat.

Boulaye Dia's opener was cancelled out by Silvere Ganvoula on the stroke of half time, but Sarr and Mane scored in a five-minute spell to hand the Lions of Teranga all three points.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up are now unbeaten in each of their most recent eight games across all competitions, picking up six wins and two draws since a 3-1 friendly loss to Morocco in October 2020.

This has been owing to the solid job done at both ends of the pitch as they have scored 14 goals and kept five clean sheets in that time.

Namibia, on the other hand, began their quest for a World Cup ticket back in 2019, when they claimed a 4-1 aggregate win over Eritrea to progress to the second qualifying round.

Ricardo Mannetti's men were denied a dream start to the group stages as Congo came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw courtesy of Charles Hambira's 58th-minute own goal in their opening game on September 2.

The Brave Warriors picked up their first group win three days later when Elmo Kambindu netted in the 53rd minute to see off a dogged Togo side 1-0 at the Stade de Kegue.

Namibia head into Saturday's game unbeaten in each of their previous five outings in all competitions, dating back to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Tanzania in the African Nations Championship.

Senegal World Cup Qualifying - Africa form:
  • W
  • W

Senegal form (all competitions):
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Namibia World Cup Qualifying - Africa form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Namibia form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W


Team News

Cisse has named a star-studded 25-man squad for their upcoming qualification games, with the likes of Chelsea's Edouard Mendy, Paris Saint-Germain's Idrissa Gueye, and captain Kalidou Koulibaly.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane, who has netted six goals in his last eight games for club and country, is currently second on the nation's all-time goalscoring chart, four goals behind former Wigan Athletic man Henri Camara, and the 29-year-old will be looking to close that gap over the coming games.

Ismaila Sarr has been on song for Watford in the Premier League, scoring four goals in seven appearances, and the 23-year-old will definitely be one to keep an eye on in this one.

Meanwhile, Namibia have named a strong squad for their upcoming games against Senegal, including the Chippa United duo of goalkeeper Lloyd Junior Kazapua and defender Riaan Hanamub.

Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nyambe misses out after withdrawing from the squad through an injury he sustained against Huddersfield Town on September 28.

Denzil Haoseb is one appearance from equalling Petrus Shitembi as the nation's most capped player with 69 appearances under his belts to date.

Peter Shalulile and Deon Hotto are joint-third in the nation's scoring chart with 10 goals respectively and we expect the duo to handle business at the attacking end of their pitch this weekend.

Senegal possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Mbaye, Koulibaly, Diallo, Ballo-Toure; Gueye, Sarr; Diatta, Mane, Sarr; Dia

Namibia possible starting lineup:
Kazapua; Kamberipa, Gebhardt, Hambira, Hanamub; Limbondi, Katjiteo, Haoseb, Hotto; Kambindu, Shalulile


We say: Senegal 2-0 Namibia

While Namibia will be seeking to continue their solid start to their World Cup qualification campaign, they gave the stern test of going up against a rampant Senegal side who are currently 20th in the FIFA World Rankings. We predict Senegal will come away with all three points and they head into the game with a fine crop of world-class talent.



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