England has been warned that they will face the “best in Africa” in their World Cup match against Senegal.
Fans from the West African country have been dancing, singing, and drumming throughout the game, creating a party atmosphere in Qatar.
Sadio Mane, the former Liverpool striker, is out injured for the reigning African Cup of Nations champions.
The Lions of Teranga, on the other hand, still have a number of top players among their ranks, including Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Blues teammate Kalidou Koulibaly, and Watford winger Ismaila Sarr..
Senegalese fan Maurice Diatta, 26, told the PA news agency: “I hope Senegal wins because our players are the best in Africa.”
I know England has good players and a good team, and I know it will be a great game, but I hope Senegal wins.
Senegal’s stadium hype man Boubacar Diallo, also known as DJ Boubs, has been tipped as one to watch at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, for the second-round game.
Tony Perry, the World Cup stadium DJ, stated that each football association has been allowed to bring their own announcer to Qatar.
“Boubacar from Senegal, who is going to be at the game on Sunday, he might as well be Senegal’s president,” he told PA.
“He is a god.” He’s such a nice guy that everyone wants to take pictures with him..
Mr Diallo declared Senegal to be “one of the great teams in the world today” on Twitter.
“You are getting carried away with a 3-0 win against Wales maybe,” London DJ Mr Perry, 36, said of England’s World Cup chances. “I am starting to feel if we do get past Senegal and face France, I fancy our chances in this tournament – I half do.”
Former Liverpool and Bolton striker El Hadji Diouf has already stated that Senegal will not be afraid of any of the England players they will face in the last 16 match.
The 41-year-old is an advisor and ambassador for Senegal, where he was a member of the squad that reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002..
Thousands of England fans will be in the stands for the first knockout game, with others planning to fly out if the Three Lions advance.
The day after England’s second-round match was confirmed, there was an 84% increase in searches for flights from the UK to Doha, according to online travel search engine Kayak.
The figures apply to flights departing between December 1 and December 18, 2018..
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