Senegal bid for first African crown

Senegal v DR Congo September 2011
Senegal made sure of their place in the finals with a 2-0 win over DR Congo on Saturday, with goals scored by Moussa Sow

The head of Senegalese football says his country can win their first ever African crown, after qualifying for the 2012 Nations Cup over the weekend.

The Teranga Lions' best-ever finish was as beaten finalists in 2002.

But they have already made it to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012, sealing their place with a 2-0 victory over DR Congo on Saturday.

"This is a recognition of the level we have reached with this group," Augustin Senghor told the BBC.

"We did a good job [in qualifying] and we can now show that we are ahead of other countries," the chairman of the country's football association said.

"I think Senegal will go to the Africa Cup of Nations and continue the job of rebuilding our football - we must not forget what we have done."

The win over DR Congo, came through two goals from Moussa Sow - who was top scorer in the French league last season.

It was Senegal's fourth victory of the campaign, during which they have scored 14 goals and conceded only two.

Their final qualifying match is away to Mauritius next month - but Senghor has his eyes fixed on the prize available at next year's finals.

"The way is open for us to go where we want to go - and where we want to go is to give Senegal our first ever trophy in continental comeptition," he said.