Chelsea legend Petr Cech has backed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to guide Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Cech even hopes that the Chelsea keeper will lead his national team (related football news) to their first-ever AFCON title.
The Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in the Round of 16. Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Bamba Dieng of Ligue 1 club Marseille slotted the goals at Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam.
Petr Cech Has Backed Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to Guide Senegal
In the meantime, watching such progress from Senegal, Cech wrote in his weekly column, suggesting that Mendy lead his team.
He also hopes the 29-year-old custodian, who recently won the Fifa Best goalkeeper award, will win more trophies this year. Among them must be the Afcon title as Senegal are among the favourites to win, Cech believes.
“Edou was named The Best goalkeeper by FIFA and it’s another great achievement for him,” Cech wrote on Chelsea’s official website.
“He is the first African goalkeeper to win the award, which is amazing, and testament to how well he has done since he came to our club.
“He had an incredible year, winning two trophies, and it reflects his hard work and attitude. It’s great to see him getting recognition and our other players who made it to the Team of the Year.
“The best thing is Edou can now add more trophies this year. He is at the Africa Cup of Nations now, Senegal are one of the favourites, so he could even win this trophy before he returns to us.
“And then we have the Club World Cup and the Carabao Cup final to look forward to in a few weeks. Hopefully, for him, he will be on the right end of three more trophies.”