Aliou Cisse claims an African country CAN lift the World Cup in Qatar

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse claims an African country CAN lift the World Cup in Qatar… and insists his side have ‘big ambitions in the competition’ after dumping hosts out of the tournament

  • Aliou Cisse has backed an African side to make history and win the World Cup
  • Cisse was part of the Senegal side that reached the quarter-finals in 2002 
  • Senegal defeated Qatar 3-1 on Friday to dump the hosts out of the tournament
  • But they will need to defeat Ecuador in order to progress to the knockout stage
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Senegal manager Aliou Cisse has insisted that this could be the year that an African nation lifts the World Cup for the first time.

Cisse’s side recovered from an opening game defeat by Holland to defeat hosts Qatar 3-1 on Friday. The subsequent draw between Holland and Ecuador means the hapless hosts are no longer able to progress to the knockout stages of the competition.

However, that result also means that Senegal’s hopes of progressing from Group A now rely on a victory over the unbeaten Ecuador on Tuesday. 

Aliou Cisse believes that this could be the year that an African country lifts the World Cup

Cisse’s Senegal recovered from a loss to Holland to defeat hosts Qatar 3-1 on Friday

Despite injury ruling out talisman Sadio Mane, Cisse remains confident that his team can go where no African side before them has, and win the World Cup.

‘Yes, an African country can win the World Cup, and I hope that it will be Senegal,’ the 46-year-old told reporters after the win.

‘I hope the other African teams will get going and achieve something in this competition,

‘We don’t feel any pressure because of our status compared to the other African teams. The only pressure comes from ourselves because we have big ambitions in this competition.’

The 46-year-old was part of Senegal’s squad that reached the last eight of the World Cup in 2002

Ghana are the most recent African team to reach the quarter-finals, before being controversially dumped out by Uruguay in 2010

Cisse was part of the Senegal side that shocked defending champions France and defeated Sweden enroute to a quarter-final finish in 2002, a joint best for an African team at the World Cup.

A Cameroon side inspired by the heroics of veteran striker Roger Milla also reached the last eight at Italia 90, before being defeated by England in extra time.

Ghana are the most recent African team to reach the milestone, and arguably came the closest to progressing when they faced Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Luis Suarez handled the ball on the goalline to deny Milovan Rajevac’s side an almost certain winner, with the subsequent penalty missed by Asamoah Gyan with the side then cruelly beaten on penalties. 




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