Having enjoyed a fine season with Moroccan club Wydad AC, Senegalese striker Junior Bouly Sambou is dreaming of joining Senegal's senior national team after coach Aliou Cissé opened the door to the national team for players who play far from Europe.
Bouly Junior Sambou is dreaming of a place in Senegal's senior national team. In his first season at Wydad AC, the 24-year-old Senegalese striker performed extremely well, finishing as top scorer in the Moroccan Botola Pro League. He was also a key figure in Wydad's fine Champions League campaign, losing the final to Al Ahly.
In an interview with the Senegalese press agency, the former Jaraaf player was delighted with his performances this season. "Finishing top scorer in my first season in Morocco is a great blessing achieved after a lot of hard work. I believed in myself, my talents and my qualities as a footballer to achieve this result," says a satisfied Bouly Junior Sambou.
A call to Aliou Cissé
However, the striker's short-term objective is to join the national team just a few months ahead of the 2023 African Cup of Nations, to be held in Côte d'Ivoire in January 2024. While coach Aliou Cissé has opened the doors of the national team to players from outside Europe, Junior Bouly Sambou is optimistic that his name will soon be on the Lions' list.
"I'm going to continue working at club level so that I can continue to perform and do everything I can to catch the eye of the coach (Aliou Cissé), so that he gives me my chance, and I'll certainly take it. The national team coach, Aliou Cissé, has himself said that he will only call on players who perform well. So I'm going to do my best to perform well and stay that way. Every Senegalese player, wherever they are, dreams of one day playing for the senior national team and defending their country's colours," says the Bignona native.