Africa’s other representatives, Senegal have been dealt a major setback as their defender Saliou Ciss’ World Cup came to an end following a nagging ankle injury that has failed to heal with just 24 hours to their opening Group H game against Poland on Tuesday.
Ciss was said to have picked up the injury during Senegal’s friendly match against Luxembourg in May but was included in the team by Coach Aliou Cisse who hoped the defender will be fit before their opening game.
A statement from Senegal Football Federation said, “Saliou Ciss can no longer participate in the World Cup because of a serious injury that occurred during our team’s preparation,”
The left-back has however been replaced by Caen defender Adama Mbengue in line with FIFA rules which stipulates that teams are only allowed to replace players 24 hours before their opening game.
The Teranga Lions who are one of three African countries to have reached the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup is in Group H alongside Poland, Colombia and Japan and will face Poland in their first World Cup appearance since 2002 on Tuesday.