Speaking in advance of Senegal’s match later today against joint-hosts Equatorial Guinea (7pm UK time – live on Eurosport), Demba Ba looked forward to that match and reflected on the 2-1 defeat by Zambia.

“Success will come for us, of that I have no doubt.

Often, you can close your eyes, hit and score. Sometimes, you try every trick in the book but the ball refuses to go in”.

Rumour has it that Alan Pardew will be passing on this valuable advice to our ‘goalscorers’ currently not in Africa.