Club woes no bar­rier to Ndoye’s Rus­sia dream

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

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.

> Cheikh Ndoye

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