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Soccer. Senegalese international OM Pape Gueye suspended by FIFA

Pape Gueye, 22-year-old midfielder, currently at the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon with the Lions of Senegal, “had extra national team problems with Marseille. On a transfer, there were problems between Marseille and Watford. Fifa suspended him,” Aliou Cissé said in a video on Friday.

“So, until we appeal, he can’t play with us. We actually learned about it five minutes before the kick-off” of the Senegal Lions’ second match against Guinea on Friday in Bafoussam (0-0), said Mr. Cissé. “This is another problem that has happened to us like so many other problems since the start of this CAN,” he added.

After several absences due to Covid during its first match on January 11 against Zimbabwe (1-O), Senegal was deprived of several of its players on Friday after numerous positive tests, including defender Kalidou Coulibaly, midfielder of PSG Idrissa Gana Gueye and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

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“We must pray to get it back”

The information on the suspension of Pape Gueye “came out this morning around 11 a.m. to noon. The team manager (of the team) got the information from his lawyer who told us to be careful: don’t make him play.

“You have to pray to get him back for the whole (rest of the) tournament. It is not yet obvious, ”continued Aliou Cissé. Senegal will play their last group game against Malawi on the third day. The Lions and the national Sily of Guinea are almost qualified in the round of 16.

Senegal, although diminished by notable absences, has not yet assumed the status of favorite that many observers attribute to him, he who is chasing his first CAN after two lost finals, in 2002 and during the previous edition in 2019.

Before joining Olympique de Marseille in 2021, Pape Gueye had first signed a pre-contract with Watford. Born in France, he played with the U18s and U19s of France before opting for Senegal, his parents’ country of origin, in October 2021. He signed his first professional contract in Le Havre in 2017.

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