Oumar Ba is an assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is on the editorial board of the online magazine Africa as a Country. (June 2018)

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World Cup 2018: Senegal’s Art of the Unforeseen

Senegalese fans parading before their team’s match against Poland in Moscow, Russia, June 19, 2018

In 2002, in Seoul, France entered the game as the defending world champion, whereas Senegal, captained by Aliou Cissé, was playing its first ever game in a World Cup championship. The whole world was watching as Bouba Diop scored. After that famous win over the former colonizer, crowds flooded the streets of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. This week, Senegal returned to the World Cup with another chance to enchant the world. Against Poland, Cissé’s team played with discipline and verve, and won 2-1—a win that signaled another possible wild ride for the “Lions.”