Sougou pessimistic over chances of a Nations Cup recall

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Reims
Evian winger Modou Sougou
Evian winger Modou Sougou

Evian winger Modou Sougou admits he is pessimistic about his chances of making Senegal's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad in January.

Sougou has been frozen out of Senegal's plans following their failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, casting doubt over his chances of making Alain Giresse's final selection for Equatorial Guinea.

The 29-year-old has been pushing for a recall with impressive performances for his French side in all competitions so far this season.

With Giresse expected to announce his squad for the tournament in three weeks' time, Sougou's recall has been widely mentioned by a section of the local media.

But the player is not confident of making his second trip to the biennial event with the Teranga Lions.

"I played for Senegal at the Nations Cup in 2008, but I will be very lucky to get another chance," Sougou told BBC Sport.

"I have not received a call-up since we lost the 2014 World Cup play-off in October 2013, so I am rather pessimistic than optimistic this time around.

"I think the coach has an idea about his team already, I'm a realist so realistically my chances of making it are very slim."

Despite his pessimism about making the squad, Sougou does believe his compatriots will fare well against Algeria, Ghana and South Africa in Group C at the 17 January to 8 February tournament.

"Yes, I think we can do something massive with this generation of players because the fans are expecting big things from this team," he said.

"Success goes beyond just having quality players and I think the coach has brought fresh hunger, unity of purpose and love within the squad.

"Their first priority will be to come out of a tough group and we already have big players from top European leagues with the experience to do that."

Even though he has spent over a year in the international wilderness, Sougou still hopes for a return to the fold some day.

"The coach makes the selection and knows what he wants. I only have to do my job for Evian, give my best and it will be up to the Senegal coach to decide if that is good enough," Sougou added.

"If I get another chance I will be very happy but if he does not call me, I think it will be normal."

The highly experienced Sougou, who can play on either wing, has been in European football since 2004 with spells in Portugal and Romania before joining French side Marseille in January 2013.

In his quest for regular football he joined Evian on loan in the summer of 2013 and has been playing a prominent role at the Ligue 1 side ever since.

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