Mame Diouf admits Senegal of 2002 set a greater standard - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Uche Duru | 16/12/2017

Stoke City's Mame Diouf has agreed that the Senegalese team that graced the 2002 World Cup set a greater standard that might be hard for the current team to surpass.

The Terranga Lions got to the quarterfinals stage in their first World Cup in South Korea and Japan 2002 with a squad that featured the likes of  El Hadji Diouf, Salif Diao, and Habib Beye.

And as they prepare for another World showpiece in Russia next year, Diouf believes his team will do their best to 'beat the challenge.'

"They put the bar so high, so it's a tough challenge but we have to believe in ourselves," Diouf told BBC Sport.

"We are a young team. Everyone has ambitions to do something at the World Cup. We will go there and try to do our best to beat the challenge.

"It's a big challenge but we will try to make it happen."

Senegal are placed in Group H of the tournament and will have to get past Poland, Colombia, and Japan to get to the knockout round in Russia.