‘World Cup qualification will not come on a silver platter’ – Diouf


The Teranga Lions’ road to Qatar 2022 includes facing Togo who prevented them from qualification for the 2006 edition

Former Senegal captain El Hadji Diouf has warned the Teranga Lions of opponents Togo, saying qualification for the 2022 Fifa World Cup will not come “on a silver platter.”

Senegal’s bid for the World Cup will see them face Togo, Namibia and Congo Brazzaville in Group H.

The meeting between Senegal and Togo will invoke memories of 2004 and 2005 when the Hawks beat the Teranga Lions 3-1 in Lome before a 2-2 draw in Dakar.

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Former Liverpool star Diouf still remembers the past encounters and, while acknowledging the difference in generations of players, he has warned the current Senegal side of an upset.

“The times and the players are different. In 2006, they (the Hawks) largely deserved their qualification for having managed to beat us in the first leg, 3-1, in Lomé, and for having forced us to draw, 2-2, in Dakar,” Diouf told the Senegal Press Agency.

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“It’s really a thing of the past. It’s not the same players or the same era. But we cannot fear any team. With this generation of footballers, our goal is to go back to the World Cup and make great performances.

“It will not be given on a silver platter.”

The results for the 2006 World Cup saw Togo’s maiden qualification for the World Cup, while Senegal missed out after being a sensation at the 2002 tournament. 

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