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The Senegalese thought that would be the case after a wildly successful debut 16 years ago that came with a freewheeling style of play and memorable celebrations. A national holiday was declared after the victory over France, and it's still considered among the best performances by an African team. Cameroon (1990) and Ghana (2010), neither of whom qualified for the tournament in Russia, are the only other African teams to reach the quarterfinals. News Sports 

World Cup 2018: Senegal Lions

    DAKAR, Senegal — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It’s an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day. Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: “It won’t be long.” That’s some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance. But that first appearance, in 2002, was memorable. A team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory…

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