In Summary

  • Cheikhou Kouyate has left Senegal’s AFCON squad following the death of his father. 
  • It is not yet known whether the Lions of Teranga vice-captain will return for Senegal’s next match
  • Kouyate, 34, is one of his country’s most experienced players with 88 senior caps.

Nottingham Forest  defender Cheikhou Kouyate has left Senegal’s AFCON squad following the death of his father. 

The 34-year-old was forced to leave the camp following his father Bangiougou’s passing on Tuesday, and will attend his funeral in Senegal’s capital Dakar on Wednesday afternoon.

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Kouyate Club offer condolences

Cheikhou Kouyate was part of Senegal’s AFCON-winning squad in the last editiron of the tournament ( Image:


In a statement released by Senegal’s football federation, the team offered their condolences with ‘regret and deep pain’ to the national team veteran in the wake of the sad news

The president of the Senegalese Football Federation Mr Augustin Senghor, the members of the executive committee, the coach of the national football team Mr Aliou Cisse, the players of the national football team and the football family have the regret and deep pain to inform you of the death of Mr Bangiougou Kouyate, father of Cheikhou Kouyate, member of the Senegal national team,’ their statement read.

‘His death occurred this Tuesday, January 16, in Dakar. The funeral is planned for Wednesday January 17 at the Khar Yalla mosque followed by the burial at the Musalman cemetery in Yoff.

‘In this painful circumstance, the Senegalese Football Federation presents its most saddened condolences to Cheikhou Kouyate who was also authorized to leave the national team gathering today, to go to the funeral in Dakar.’

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Kouyate’s 5th AFCON

Kouyate is attending his fifth AFCON with the national team , He was an unused substitute during the titleholder’s opening tie against Gambia, which saw the Lions of Teranga swipe a 3-0 victory.

It is unknown whether the Premier League player will be available for selection by Aliou Cisse for the team’s next group stage match, which sees them face Cameroon on

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