It's not hard to see why Senegal are Africa's highest-ranked side. The Teranga Lions should have reached the last 16 at Russia 2018 and should go much further than that this time.
A remorseless defence is marshalled by Kalidou Koulibaly, one of the world's most in-demand centre-backs; it is bolstered by an experienced midfield and, ahead of that, an attack that can work magic. Mane, their captain, needs no introduction but unlike title rivals Egypt, there's a depth of other players who can share the goals around.
There is no more finely-tuned unit in all of Africa; is this, at last, their year?
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