Diouf defends Mario Silva

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Mario Silva who plays his football in France was voted as a Goalkeeper of the Tournament in Mali 2002, but could not save his team from an embarrassing defeat by Angola.

Senegal were the first to register their name in the score sheet through the header of defender, Diagne Abdoulaye Faye but the Angolans kept on probing. They were inspired by Man of the Match, Nsimba Baptista, and newly signed Manchester United striker, Manucho Alberto who scored a brace.

The normally hot headed El Hadji Diouf was cool as a cucumber as he addressed the journalists after the thrilling encounter.

“Tony is a good goalkeeper and I do not think he should be blamed for the defeat. We lost concentration at crucial times. The whole team should take responsibility for the defeat. Despite the loss, we still have a chance to qualify for the next round. It has happened that we lose before but we bounce back to qualify for the next round. This means we will have to beat South Africa on Thursday,” says the former Liverpool striker.

Senegal has collected one point in two games t following an entertaining 2-all draw against Tunisia on Wednesday. They will need maximum points and a superior goal difference to qualify for the next round.