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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
The Lions of Gaul?
Pape Bouba Diop tackles Cameroon's Marc-Vivian Foe
Diop (r) may win the French Championship this year
If Senegal's French coach Bruno Metsu wants to find out about the form of any of the Lions of Taranga, he merely has to switch on French television.

Three transfers just before and during the African Nations Cup earlier this year mean that 21 of the 22-man Senegal squad who travelled to Mali ply their trade in the French league.

Late transfers
Pape Bouba Diop, Grasshoppers to Lens
Pape Bouna Thiaw, Lausanne to Strasbourg
Pape Malick Diop, Neuchatel Xamax to Lorient

Defensive midfielder Pape Bouba Diop, who scored in the semi-final against Nigeria, joined Lens from Swiss side Grasshoppers.

But Diop will not feel out of place - Lions EL Hadj Diouf, Pape Sarr and Ferdinand Coly are already at the club.

Another to leave Switzerland was troubled striker Pape Thiaw, who had sat out 12 matches at Lausanne after attacking an opponent.

He was bought by second division Strasbourg, where Senegal's back-up right back Habib Beye is having a fine season.

The last to arrive in France was Pape Malick Diop.

The former national team captain, who previously played at Strasbourg, was snapped up by strugglers Lorient on 25 January.

Were Morocco-based goalkeeper Omar Diallo to sign for a French club, Metsu would have a full African Nations Cup squad playing in his homeland.

By contrast, the France team, who Senegal play in the opening game of the World Cup on 31 May, are likely to select just four or five players from the French league in their 23.

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