Claude Le Roy, the former coach of Ghana’s Black Stars, picked Senegal as his favorite team for this competition in an interview with the French media in early December 2021, just before the start of the last edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021), citing a logical reason.
“The team with the best goalkeeper, in my opinion, will win the African Cup.” “When I had the best goalkeeper, I was always a great coach,” he said.
“I believe that a player like Édouard Mendy can help break Senegal’s glass ceiling and allow them to finally win a title,” he added.
After Senegal seized victory from Egypt, which also possesses a talented goalkeeper in Gabaski, Édouard Mendy was once again named best goalkeeper of the Tournament.
The Teranga Lions of Senegal promised to win their first Africa Cup of Nations trophy before the campaign began.
Claude Le Roy is a one of the passionate supporters of African football who believe in Senegal. Cameroon, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Congo, and, most recently, Togo have all been coached by the 74-year-old man.
The Frenchman, who was one of the masterminds behind the “Indomitable Lions'” coronation at the African Cup of Nations in Morocco in 1988, was there at this year’s AFCON in Cameroon, but only as a spectator.