In an interview with the French media in early December 2021, before the kick-off of the last edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021), the former coach of Black Stars Ghana du Claude Le Roy mentioned Senegal as his favorite team for this competition evoking a technical reason.
“For me, the team that will win the African Cup will be the team with the best goalkeeper. I have always been a great coach when I had the best goalkeeper,” he said.
“I think a player like Édouard Mendy can help break Senegal’s glass ceiling and allow them to finally win a title,” said ‘The White Wizard’ without having the slightest doubt about the performance of Aliou Cissé’s men.
Édouard Mendy was indeed once again crowned best goalkeeper of the Tournament after Senegal snatched victory from Egypt, which also has a solid goalkeeper, better known as Gabaski.
Before the start of the competition, the Teranga Lions of Senegal promised to win their first Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
Claude Le Roy, one of the few to have believed in them, is a fervent admirer of African football. The 74-year-old has coached Cameroon, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Congo and recently Togo.
The Frenchman who was one of the great architects of the coronation of the “Indomitable Lions” during the African Cup of Nations, Morocco 1988, was again present at this last AFCON in Cameroon, but this time as a spectator.