Following their qualification, President Macky Sall sent a congratulatory message to the Lions of Teranga in a press release.
“I would like to send my warm congratulations to the Senegalese team who qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Friday after their victory over South Africa.”
“On this happy occasion, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to you and the entire team. Fifteen years after the World Cup in Japan and Korea, you have achieved a historic performance by qualifying our country for the next edition of this prestigious world sports event.
“The whole nation is alive with your brilliant performance, we are so proud of you and we will continue to support you in Russia,” said Macky Sall.
Senegal striker Diafra Sakho opened the scoring in the 12th minute, giving the advantage to Senegal. The second goal was scored by South African defender Mkize against his side in the 38th minute.
The return match will be played Tuesday in Dakar but the fate of the Lions of Teranga is already sealed.
It should be noted that this match counted for the second day of the group after the first match played last November was canceled by FIFA because of “bad arbitrage”.