Senegal’s Aliou Cisse is the youngest coach at the Russia 2018 World Cup and he is aiming to make the difference when his side meet Poland today in their opener at the Russia World Cup.
The 42-year-old Cisse, who was part and captain of the historical Senegalese team that made debut at the 2002 World Cup, where they stunned defending champions France with a 1-0 defeat and went on to reach the quarterfinal before they were eliminated by Turkey due to golden goal rule is now returning as a Coach to the World Cup.
The Lions of Teranga under Cisse will be eager to show their claws against a Poland team that was desperately unlucky to go out in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 when they meet today and the team will also be looking forward to become the first African side to win in Russia after 16 years absence.
Cisse who is the only black coach in Russia but was not satisfied with that was quoted by Sportsnet to say “I am the only black coach in this World Cup. That is true,”But really these are debates that disturb me”. “I think that football is a universal sport and that the colour of your skin is of very little importance.”
It will be recalled that the last African and black coach that led an African side to the round of 16 at Brazil 2014 was the late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, who was also part of the 1994 squad that reached the knockout stage.