Lions’ loss is Newcastle’s and Chelsea’s gain

As the African Cup of Nations 2013 heads towards the knockout stages, you can’t help but feel that the competition would have been a better spectacle of Senegal were involved.

Although they underperformed last year, a team that features the likes of Chelsea striker Demba Ba, Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse and West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame would have been sure to have made in impact in South Africa if they’d made it past the Ivory Coast in the final round of qualifying.

The Lions of Teranga can also call upon players of the calibre of Moussa Sow, so you’d think it wouldn’t be long before their FIFA ranking of 79 improves.

However, Senegal’s disappointment is to Chelsea and Newcastle’s gain, with Papiss Cisse scoring the first in the Magpies’ win against Aston Villa on Tuesday and Ba will be available to face his old team for the Blues on Saturday.

While Ba, Cisse and Diame won’t be wearing the white of Senegal this month and will instead be running out in the colours of their clubs, the Senegal home shirt is pretty slick.

The graphic is designed by CAN artist Samba Fall. He was inspired by the Baobab tree which is an integral part of the Senegalese culture. With its stature and size, this tree is a symbol of strength, power, pride that is also what the team should feel.

Speaking about his design, Samba Fall commented: “Seeing the image of the Baobab tree on the new Senegalese football shirt is like seeing the good memories of all the people of Senegal accompanying their football team to international competitions.”

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