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Turkey: A new Süper Lig season, another large Senegalese community at the start

The transfer window is not over, so, necessarily, the list is not exhaustive. But at the start of the new Turkish Süper Lig season, a considerable number of Senegalese are playing among the 20 clubs involved.

For a few years now, the Turkish First Division Championship has sounded the Senegalese accent. Again, so far in this summer transfer window, some transfer movements concerning Senegalese internationals have been noted. And so, while waiting for the end of the transfer period and possible new arrivals, no less than nine Lions will be present at the kick-off of the Süper Lig, scheduled for this Friday July 5 with the meeting between the promoted İstanbulspor and the Outgoing champion Trabzonspor.

TO ADANA DEMIRSPOR

For its second consecutive campaign in the Süper Lig, Adana Demirspor, 9th last season, will count on the services of two Senegalese internationals named Joher Khadim Rassoul and Pope Alioune Ndiaye. The 26-year-old defender has been with this team since 2019 and, like his training, he is having a second season in the Turkish First Division. In the previous fiscal year, he played 25 games. This summer, Joher Rassoul was joined by Pape Alioune Ndiaye who, after a season at ARIS Salonika, returns to a Championship he knows well.

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AT ALANYASPOR

After finishing at the foot of a qualifying place in the European Cup with a 5th position last season, Alanyaspor undoubtedly intends to still play the spoilsports with the main leaders of the Championship to thus do better than in 2021-2022. To achieve this, the training now trained by the young Italian technician Francesco Farioli will still be able to count on its African Champion Famara Diedhiou. Arrived free in this team during the summer transfer window last season, the 29-year-old striker will have scored 11 goals in 26 Championship games.

IN ANTALYASPOR

Seventh last season, Antalyaspor strengthened quite well during this summer transfer window to try to do better during this new campaign. Appointed coach of this team at only 33 years old after having put an end to his professional career at the end of the season, Nuri Sahin will be able to count on a Senegalese to start in this new coaching adventure. Indeed, the attacking midfielder Alassane Ndao is back at Antalyaspor after spending the second half of last season in the same formation. Author of 3 goals and as many assists with Antalyaspor last season, the former Dakar Sacré-Coeur is once again on loan from Al-Ahli Saudi.

IN KARAGUMRUK

He will inevitably be one of the most awaited recruits in the Turkish Championship this season. Especially since he will be trained by the one who no longer needs to be present: the Italian Andrea Pirlo. After a last season without Galatasaray, this one particularly marked by a long injury, Mbaye Diagne (30) arrived in Fatih Karagümrük this summer to take up the challenge, show that he can still be important and hope for a place in the World Cup. Eighth last season, Karagümrük necessarily counts on a great Mbaye Diagne to hope to do better.

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Mbaye Diagne in action with Fatih Karagümrük

IN GAZIANTEP

He has become a regular, one of the star players in the Turkish Championship for three seasons. In any case, one of the most brilliant defenders. Moreover, vice-captain of Gaziantep, El Hadji Papy Mison Djilobodji begins its fourth season with this tunic. At 33, the former ASC Saloum player has a good background in the Süper Lig since he has 99 games, 13 goals and 4 assists. But for this season, Djilo probably hopes to experience better things than during the previous one when his team fought to the end to finish 15th in the standings and maintain itself.

TO KASIMPASA

Eleventh of the last exercise, Kasımpaşa bets on a better Mamadou Fall to hope for better this season. The 30-year-old Senegalese striker, who spent no less than 10 seasons at Sporting Charleroi, Belgium, arrived in Turkey during the 2021-2022 winter transfer window. If he took time to establish himself in this Kasımpaşa team, he had more regularity at the end of last season by starting for the last 6 days to finish the exercise with 3 goals and 2 assists in 17 matches. Statistics that he undoubtedly intends to perfect.

AT KAYSERISPOR

Fourteenth last season and finalist of the Turkish Cup, Kayserispor comes out of a rather successful 2021-2022 exercise. This with in particular the remarkable and remarkable services of Mame Baba Thiam. Arrived from Fenerbahçe in the summer of 2021, the 29-year-old left winger, who has 78 games for 28 goals and 13 assists in the Turkish First Division Championship, quickly showed what he was capable of. Often wearing the captain’s armband – which he will be waving even more this season -, the African Champion will have scored 11 goals and delivered 5 assists. He will necessarily want to keep his performances or perfect them by November to hope to go to the World Cup.

IN ANKARAGUCU

He will undoubtedly be one of the main attractions in the Turkish Championship this season. Recruited by Ankaragücü for 500,000 euros this summer, Lamine Diack comes out of an excellent 2021-2022 exercise under the colors of Tulazspor in the Second Division, with 2 goals and 3 assists in 34 games. After FC Shkupi, in North Macedonia, then Turkey’s D2, the 21-year-old defensive midfielder, former resident of the Darou Salam Foot Academy in Dakar, will make the leap to the Süper Lig and hopes to leave good impressions in order above all to help the newly promoted is to stay in the elite.

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Lamine Diack with the Ankaragücü jersey

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