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Costa Rica 2022: Senegal bracing up for Morocco challenge

Feb 4, 2022

Senegal are aiming to book their place in the final round of the African qualifiers when they host Morocco in the second leg, fourth round of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, Costa Rica 2022 on Saturday in Thies.

The Senegalese were forced to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, fourth-round match, with Sofia Bouftini’s strike cancelling out Hapsatou Diallo’s 19th minute priceless away lead for the Senegalese on 22 January 2022 at Stade Moulay Hassan.

Following the cagey first leg draw, coach Aicha Henriette Ndiaye has reflected on her side’s tough battle in Rabat two weeks ago.

“We played a very difficult match against a great team of Morocco that was tactically and technically in place on the first leg,” Ndiaye exclusively told CAFOnline.com.

“The 1-1 away draw is a good score and a good result, but we are going to sustain the advantage of the match.”

To reach this stage, Senegal zoomed past West African side Mali 5-3 on aggregate last November before edging Guinea on away goal rule following a 3-3 aggregate score later in December.

Ahead of the reserve fixture in Senegal, the West Africans are holding a massive away goal advantage and the tactician has backed her side to claim victory on their home ground. 

“Moroccans are also at the same amount of information. The tactical details will make the difference and since our return, we have focused on these aspects,” she continued.

“In the first leg, Senegal lost concentration, less clinical and should have managed to win the game but we will be more efficient in those areas in the return leg.”

The victor among the two teams will advance to the next stage and are likely to square up against the winning side between Nigeria and Cameroon in March.