Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has drawn a lined up between his team and the Senegal side of 2002. The coach fancies not only Senegal’s chances, but also those of the other African nations competing in Qatar.
Aliou Cisse is going to experience his third FIFA World Cup™ and his second straight as Senegal lead trainer. Four years on from Russia 2018, the Lions of Teranga head into the most recent edition of the competition as reigning African heroes, having won their very first CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in 2021.
Cisse appeared to be overflowing with certainty, on the back of this memorable accomplishment. He has high points, desires and is setting up his players for their impending World Cup campaign.
According to Aliou Cisse, pressure is something you need to manage as a tip top level sportsperson. He said he has worked resolutely to accomplish what they have now. They’ve taken the time they expected to advance. Senegal has acquired a great deal of experience throughout the course of four years. Cisse said, Senegal is grown, and they’re presently more ready for the world cup.
As Senegal’s coach for seven years, it seems like he just began yesterday.
“We’ve set ourselves some very clear objectives and come on slowly but surely, although we’ve often felt [the fans’ and the nations’] impatience. We’ve remained focused on the most important things. We’re getting closer to achieving our goal with every competition, and the most recent has given us every reason to believe that. Hard work always pays off”.
Senegal were knocked out of the world cup in Russia 2018 for receiving more yellow cards than Japan during the group stage. Now, they have acquired a great deal of experience since. There has also been the Africa Cup of Nations [triumph] since then, they are still one of the best teams in Africa.
“Our players are more experienced now. They play for big clubs and have come out on top in some very important games over the past four years. The World Cup is all about experience. I think the Senegalese national team is currently gaining a lot of experience. And, as I’ve said, it’s about taking it one game at a time. Our first objective is to get out of this group. After that, we’ll be in a knockout tournament, and we have enough experience to leave our mark on this competition”.
In preparation for Qatar 2022, Senegal beat Bolivia 2-0 and drew 1-1 with IR Iran. According to Cisse, his team looked pretty comfortable in both games. Against Bolivia in particular, they were really in control. The game against Iran gave Cisse more to think about. He said,
“We had so many chances that we failed to convert, so we must continue to work on our efficiency in front of goal; we need to be more ruthless”.
If I were to give a mini-assessment, I would say that the group is happy to be together. These players have known each other for a good while now. I’m very happy with their level of application and their mentality. It’s this love [for each other and playing for their country], this hard work and their professional side that have allowed us to succeed. It’s through this solidarity that we will be able to win [games]. There’s no secret. We need to continue working hard and make sure everyone is on the same page”.
Meanwhile, President of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, said he believes one of the African nations is capable of winning this upcoming World Cup.
“We will leave our mark. People are already looking ahead to the last 16, the quarter-finals, but we will be taking it a game at a time”.
“The World Cup is all about experience. I don’t think we will make the same mistakes as in 2018. We can’t afford to repeat them. But often, when I talk about experience, people think I’m only referring to experience on the pitch or sporting experience, but I’m also referring to the experience of preparing for the World Cup”.
Senegal will face Ecuador, Qatar and the Netherlands in Group A