Kalidou Coulibaly, defender of the Senegalese national football team, confirmed that the star Sadio Mane is in constant contact with the team’s players, stressing that despite his absence, he is an important element in supporting the national team during its campaign in the 2022 World Cup, which is currently being held in Qatar.

The Senegalese national team started its campaign in the Qatar 2022 World Cup by defeating its Dutch counterpart, 0-2, last Monday, and is currently preparing to face its Qatari counterpart at Al-Thumama Stadium on Friday in the second round of Group A matches.

Coulibaly said during the press conference held today, Thursday, to talk about tomorrow’s match: Sadio Mane always communicates with us by text messages and calls. He’s trying to boost the morale of the team and he’s a very important element for us even if he’s not with us.

Coulibaly added: He speaks to all the players, and this is important to us, as we know his importance to the national team and this is the good morale and mentality that we need. .

The Chelsea player commented on Senegal’s preparations after losing the first match: “Everything is going well. We were keen to rest after the Netherlands match, as well as prepare in the best possible way for our match against Qatar. We are working to reach the fullest readiness for Friday’s match.”

And about the unfortunate start in the World Cup and its impact on the team’s career in the ball, Coulibaly said: Arranging ideas after defeat is difficult, but in the World Cup 2018 we won the first match, but we did not go beyond the group stage.

Coulibaly stressed: We are the Teranga Lions and we will try to get six points out of the six available in the next two matches (against Qatar and Ecuador).

He continued, “An important confrontation awaits us against Qatar, which is the host country and will play among its fans, but we play the World Cup every four years, and therefore we look forward to doing everything we can to ensure that we continue to dream of the World Cup for the sake of the Senegalese people.”

He added: We do not want to disappoint the Senegalese people, and we will do our best. What is certain for us is that we will follow the behavior and mentality of the warriors in the match.

Coulibaly spoke about Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, his teammate at Chelsea, his morale after conceding two goals against the Netherlands and his readiness for the match.

Coulibaly said: I talk a lot with Edward, we play in the same club as well, he is a very, very important player for us, he is the goalkeeper, it is normal for a person to go through difficult moments, and he knows exactly what he must do, just as we know what we must do on the day Friday.

Coulibaly pointed out: When a team loses, it is not the fault of one player but the fault of the entire team, and therefore we must prepare well and focus on the confrontation and every player must be efficient in his position in preparation for this difficult match.

And the Senegal national team player concluded his remarks, saying: We are all united with each other, even the injured and those sitting on the bench, united to overcome this obstacle. look forward to it.

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