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Senegal custodian Badji named U-20 AFCON Best Goalkeeper



Senegal custodian Badji named U-20 AFCON Best Goalkeeper

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Landing Badji

Senegal goalkeeper Landing Badji was named the Best Goalkeeper of the  U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2023.

The Young Teranga Lions won their first ever U-20 AFCON following their 2-0 victory over neighbours The Gambia at the Cairo International Stadium.


The young keeper helped his side to continental glory by keeping six clean sheets in the process. The towering shot stopper was also named the Best Goalkeeper of the group stage of the 23rd edition of the biennial tournament.

The 19-year-old is already considered in Senegal as one of the best in his position. 

The AS Pikine ace is also part of the Senegal U-23 national team and he will be hoping to continue his sterling performance for Demba Mbaye’s team in the TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

A very agile and commanding goalkeeper, Badji is also technically good with the ball. His ability to play from the back has earned him an assist in the Senegalese Professional League for AS Pikine.

Last November, he was in Belgium for trials at FC Brugge and the TotalEnergies U-20 FC will undoubtedly offer him greater exposure as scouts from leading clubs around the world followed the tournament with keen interest. 


Badji is certainly the reason why his club AS Pikine have the best defense in the Senegalese Ligue 1.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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