Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in line for Olympics call-up
Tuesday 24 April 2012
Senegal Football Association president Augustin Senghor has confirmed Newcastle duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in line to be chosen for his country's Olympic campaign.
Coach Alou Cisse claimed after last night's play-off win over Oman in Coventry he was still considering whether to draft in reinforcements to an already impressive Under-23 squad.
However, following today's draw, which confirmed Senegal as Great Britain's first opponents, at Old Trafford on July 25, Senghor was more forceful in his assessment of the situation.
"If we can strengthen our young team with famous players from great championships like the Premier League, we should," he said.
"We need top scorers like Papiss Cisse. If you leave players like that at home, it is a big mistake."
Neither Cisse nor Ba have been contacted yet.
However, Senghor is certain they would not turn down an invitation.
"If we call them, they will come," he said.
"It is a privilege to participate in the Olympic Games. There are many great players who regret not playing in the Olympics.
"They are patriotic guys. They will come if we ask.
"Also, it will be a very good thing for them to play against their colleagues in England.
"It will create a lot of focus around the game and the stadium will be full."
And, though they are outsiders to qualify from a group that also contains Uruguay, Senegal are clearly not turning up just to fill a space.
"It is a dream to be in a group with a great team like Great Britain," said Senghor.
"Also, because it is the first match it means all the focus will be on our team. That is fantastic for a country like ours.
"We are just beginners. We are coming to learn.
"But we want to be good schoolboys and learn quickly enough to get a place in the quarter-finals."
Liverpool vs Bolton report: Brilliant Adam Bogdan produces heroics to earn Wanderers a replay
What time is the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble on? And full card
Cristiano Ronaldo vine: Real Madrid forward sent-off for kicking and striking opponent during 2-1 win over Cordoba
Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gabriel Paulista fee agreed as Gunners make £13.5m bid to sign Villarreal defender - reports
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners