Youngest Coach at the Russia 2018 World Cup 42-year-old Cisse Aliou delivered Africa from the winning jinx as Senegal beat Poland 2-1 to record Africa’s first ever victory at the tournament.
All African teams had played before today, but it was obvious that the last African team to play eventually became the first to win as a 2-1 victory ensured Senegal gathered the maximum 3 points needed in the group against a polish side that paraded Europe’s highest goal scorer in the world cup qualifier.
Before the match against Poland, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opener, but it was Senegal who are making their second world cup appearance that delivered Africa’s last team in a game that displayed the true African tactics and spirit of play.
An own goal was what helped Senegal take the lead through Cionek in the 37th minutes, before Niang launched a counter that saw him have an open net in the 60th minutes to increase the margin and heap more pressure on the polish side.
But it took the Polish side up to the 86th minutes before Krychowiak nodded in their only goal, which increased their quest for more goals but all efforts proved abortive until the blast of the referees final whistle.
No doubt, Poland failed to live up to their seeding as the African side outclassed them and made their team look ordinary before their fans who had expected so much from them.
Senegal who are playing in their second World Cup since making debut in 2002 World Cup showed a passion and physicality that their seeded opponents could not handle as the Africans restored the long awaited hope which Africa had looked up to.
Senegal who now share points with Japan also top the group with three points and seem to be in the desired mood to finish top irrespective of what happens when they play their next two group matches with Colombia and Japan, and have also set the pace for other African countries to follow.