"It [the tournament] has been organised wonderfully. Mr. Putin and the Russian people should be thanked for that and congratulated on that. This is wonderful," the president said.

Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Poland on Tuesday was "the result of years-long work of the Senegalese," Sall, who attended the match, said.

The president expressed hope that the national team would continue winning, adding that he would watch Senegal take on Japan this Sunday.