Monday, November 26, 2007

Former UAlbany Soccer Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul Makes Senegal National Team Roster

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Albany, N.Y. - Former University at Albany goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul has been selected to play as a member of the Senegal national team’s roster for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. Coundoul, a 2005 UAlbany graduate who is currently playing with the Colorado Rapids of the MLS, was a member of the Senegal team for two recent matches in Paris, France and made his international debut with 45 minutes of action in a 3-2 victory against Mali on Nov. 17.

Coundoul, a two-time America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, was an All-America East selection in each of his final three seasons at UAlbany. As a senior, he was ranked third among the NCAA Division I leaders in goals against average at 0.54 and posted a .901 save percentage with 11 shutouts to lead the Great Danes to their first-ever America East regular-season title. In his first full season as a starter with the Rapids, Coundoul started all 30 games and finished third in the MLS with a 1.08 goals against average and registered nine shutouts in leading the Rapids to a 9-12-8 record.

Senegal is currently ranked No. 38 in the world among national teams by FIFA and will start play in the African Cup of Nations Tournament on Jan. 20. Senegal will square off against Angola, South Africa and Tunisia in group play. Coundoul, who was named to the Senegal squad after his play in training and against Mali, will be vying for Senegal’s No. 2 goalkeeper spot behind Tony Sylva.

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