Senegal coach and former international Aliou Cisse has expressed his delight that his team has made the whole African continent proud after getting their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on to a winning start with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.
An own goal by Thiago Cionek in the 37th minute put Senegal 1-0 up before Mbaye Niang capitalised on a poor back pass to double his side’s lead.
Grzegorz Krychowiak pulled a goal back for Poland on 86 minutes which was just a consolation goal.
Reacting to the win, Cisse who captained Senegal when they stunned France 1-0 in the opening game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, revealed his team secured the win.
“We managed to control the game tactically and emotionally,” he said in his post-match press conference.
‘This victory means we enter the competition in the best possible way, but we know it will be a difficult match against Japan.”And on the kind of support is team are getting following the win, he said:
“I guarantee the whole of Africa is supporting us. I get phone calls from everywhere. We are proud to represent Africa.”