Club woes no barrier to Ndoye’s Russia dream
CHEIKH Ndoye has been named in Senegal’s squad for their international fixtures later this month.
The midfielder, a summer arrival from French outfit Angers, has been picked by former Blues star and current Lions of Teranga head coach Aliou Cisse.
Ndoye will hope to feature against both Uzbekistan on March 23 and four days later Bosnia and Herzegovina, a game that will be played in the French town of Le Havre. The 31-year-old has made 32 appearances in his first season at St Andrew’s and was picked regularly by Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill.
However, he is yet to feature under Garry Monk having struggled to adapt to the fast pace of the Championship.
Nevertheless, he has been part of the Senegal squad which has qualified for the World Cup, he played in the double-header with South Africa in November and looks set to make it to Russia 2018.
Cisse has also handed invites to Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare and Everton forward Oumar Niasse.
Meanwhile, Blues youngster Ronan Hale plundered the first hat-trick of his senior career in Derry City’s 5-0 hammering of Limerick.
The 19-year-old is on loan to the League of Ireland outfit, where he plays with his brother – and former Villa trainee – Rory.
But it was the younger sibling who hogged the headlines on Monday night as he scored three and provided an assist in a comfortable home victory.
That takes his total to four in his last two games.
The hat-trick came just four days after he scored his first senior goal in a 6-1 defeat at Shamrock Rovers.
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