Pape Gueye, young prince from the Senegalese milieu

Pape Gueye young prince from the Senegalese milieu

For its entry into the competition against Zimbabwe, Senegal obtained its first three points at the end of the game thanks to a penalty obtained by Pape Gueye, the new kid from the “den”. Against Guinea, Friday January 14 for the second day, Pape Gueye could also prove to be invaluable.

Great favorite Senegalese, diminished by the Covid, beat Zimbabwe on a penalty in the last second of Sadio Mané, last Monday in Bafoussam, for his entry into the African Cup of Nations. With eleven absences, the Lions crunched the “Warriors” on a penalty resulting from a hand from Kelvin Madzongwe following a strike from Pape Gueye. The Olympique de Marseille player entered in the 77th minute to replace Boulaye Dia.


Originally from Montreuil in the Paris suburbs, Pape Gueye, 22, played with the U18s and the U19s with France before opting for Senegal in October 2021. In the process, he was selected by Aliou Cissé. ” When my father knew Aliou Cissé wanted me, I never saw him like that », Pape Gueye told journalist Mame Fatou Ndoye. Both parents were born in Senegal and the father makes the trip at least twice a year.

“I like to motivate the troops”

When he arrived in Marseille in 2020, he admitted that his time in the elite would give him a lot of work. Especially in Marseille, where he hoped to progress. Feeling the soul of a leader, he enjoyed wearing the armband in Le Havre in Ligue 2, which Paul Le Guen had offered him on several occasions during the 2019-2020 season.

He signed his first professional contract in Le Havre in 2017. Like the Frenchman Paul Pogba before him, it was in Le Havre that he refined his ranges to become a football player. ” With or without the armband, I talk a lot in the field. I like to motivate the troops », Argued this enduring torchbearer, physical and technical, on the YouTube channel of Le Havre.

Before choosing Senegal, Pape Gueye, with a very precise left foot, was followed by Senegalese football specialists. They were much to believe in this precious boy in the recovery and intractable in the duels. “ He has the talent, he is hardworking, he respects the environment, he has a real love of football and he is an adorable boy. », Told So Foot Oswald Tanchot, the man who launched it among the pros in Le Havre.

By joining Olympique de Marseille last season – he had initially signed a pre-contract with Watford – Pape Gueye immediately had his chance under André Villas-Boas by playing the Classico won by the Marseillais at the Parc des Princes.

Defend the colors of your country, with a very large team

This season, under the orders of Jorge Sampaoli, Pape Gueye has played fifteen Ligue 1 matches with Marseille. He often encounters difficulties in winning midfield. “ If I didn’t want competition, I would have gone to a Ligue 1 club that promised to play every game. There were. But I preferred to come here to fight against world-class players. When you play in a big club, you can’t do 40 games in the season, it’s impossible », Assured Pape Gueye at the microphone of Radio Maritima last November.

It is the choice of the heart. This choice was not forced. It was a normal choice. I came to defend the colors of my country, with a very big team, a very good coach. I can’t wait to start this adventure», Said Pape Gueye when choosing the Lions de la Téranga. Today, Senegal can congratulate itself on this choice. Thanks to him, Senegal has already successfully entered the competition. When will you be starting your first tenure?