2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Cheikhou KOUYATE

Age
29
Height
189.0 cm
Date of Birth 21 December 1989
International Caps
51
International Goals
3

Called up to Senegal's senior team for the first time in February 2012, Cheikhou Kouyate was packing his bags for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 a few months later, as the Lions of Teranga impressed en route to the quarter-finals. He followed up by imposing himself in midfield for Senegal's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifying campaign, maintaining his standing as a core figure after Aliou Cisse took the helm in 2015.

The coach even chose the solid and combative player as his captain at the start of the qualifiers for Russia 2018. Kouyate did not miss a single fixture, and was one of the key ingredients to Senegal booking a Russia 2018 berth.