This Sunday night blogpost was pre-empted by England's victory over Senegal in the last sixteen stage of The World Cup in Qatar. We beat them by three goals to nil and now have the daunting task of playing France in the quarter finals next Saturday.
Senegal is a country of some 17.5 million people situated on the west coast of Africa between Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau with Mali to the east. The capital of Senegal is Dakar with a population of 1.1 million.
I had a good look around Dakar courtesy of Google Streetview and I was surprised at the amount of modern development and the sense of economic well-being that the imagery exuded. The average life expectancy for Senegalese citizens is 67.1 years, ten years behind Algeria and ten ahead of Somalia.
A former French colony, 97% of Senegal's population are Muslim. The country's economy is mixed with significant parts played by fishing, mining, agriculture and tourism.
There is so much more to be said about the country - its cuisine, its music, its pre-colonial traditions, cultures and languages. This blogpost is just the tip of an iceberg of knowledge though of course icebergs have never drifted off the coast of Senegal in recorded history!
Random images of Dakar snipped from Google Streetview:-