By Isaac Ndou
MOSCOW: Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has called on African coaches to believe that they can be amongst the best coaches in the world which can lead to success to African Football such as winning the World Cup one day.
The 42-year-old former Portsmouth defender guided Senegal to World Cup qualification and started the world spectacle being staged in Russia with a vital 2-1 win over Poland who was fancied to ease past the Lions Of Teranga.
“I represent a new generation that would like to have its place among African football and world football. We’re good players with pasts as professional football players and are very good tactically. We have the right to be among the top international coaches.”
“I am certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup. It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We face realities that are not there in other continents. But Africa is full of quality and we’re on the way. We fully trust our football, we have no complexes. You see lots of African players in European clubs, now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead,” Cisse said on Caf’s official website.
Cisse is the only black African coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup but says he finds that fact disturbing to him as he believes soccer should remain a universal sport.
I’m the only black coach at this World Cup, it’s true. But really this debate disturbs me. I think football is a universal sport and the colour of your skin is of very little importance,” he added.
Senegal is second in Group H with 3 points following their opening win over Poland and will play their second grip match against group leaders Japan at the Ekaterinburg Stadium on Sunday with kick off scheduled for 17h00.