The Téranga Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup by defeating Egypt in the brand new stadium named after Senegal’s former president, Abdoulaye Wade. But the Egyptian Football Federation filed an official complaint against Senegal with the African Football Confederation and the International Football Federation for attacks on the Pharaoh delegation. At the same time, the president of the world’s highest football body congratulated Senegal on its third World Cup qualification.
“Two days before the final draw for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, I would like to extend to you, on behalf of the entire football community, our heartfelt congratulations on Senegal’s qualification for the flagship world football competition.”, wrote Gianni Infantino in correspondence addressed to Augustin Senghor, President of the Senegalese Football Federation (Fsf), at the time when Egypt Egypt seized Fifa to complain about the «attacks» that were allegedly perpetrated in Dakar against its delegation.
Gianni Infantino continues: “Two days before the final draw for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, I would like to extend to you, on behalf of the entire football community, our heartfelt congratulations on Senegal’s qualification for the world’s flagship football competition. Yesterday, Senegal became one of the African teams to secure its sesame for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022. The Teranga Lions will compete in the third FIFA World Cup in their history, their second in a row. This success is a testament to everyone’s perseverance. My congratulations go naturally to all those responsible for this success: the players, the coach, all the technical and medical staff, the managers, as well as all the supporters».
Waiting for Fifa to rule on Egypt’s complaint. Even if the press focuses on lasers on Egyptian players and seems to forget that the lasers in question and the insults, it was first in Cairo, in the first game. And the only wrong of the Senegalese supporters is to have given back to the Egyptians the change of their coin.