AFCON 2019: We will go into the final to win it – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse

Published on: 18 July 2019

Head coach for the Teranga Lions of Senegal, Aliou Cisse has stressed that his team will go into tomorrow’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against Algeria with the sole aim of winning it.

The West African giants will be playing in their second final in the history of the tournament tomorrow when they take on the North African giants. The team’s first final came in ‘Cameroon 2002 when Aliou Cisse was the captain for the side. Unfortunately for them, they lost and has since then endured a drought of 17 years.

Speaking to CAFOnline ahead of the 2019 final with the Desert Foxes, the 42-year old gaffer has noted that they have waited for a very long time for this day and they will do all they can to win it for the people of Senegal.

Coach Aliou Cisse shared, “I'm happy to be in the final, this is the work of five full years and our target from the first day was to be in the final. In football there's no domestic or foreign coach, there were some good foreign coaches in Africa too. The difference is that me and Belmadi were given the chance by our federations”.

“17 years is a very long time since we were last in the final, most of my players were very young then. We suffered a lot since then and this generation now wants to achieve more. The game is going to be tough but we want to make our people happy”.

He added, “It's football and the defeat against Algeria in the group stage is past now. We respect them much but we have to say our word loud. It's the final so it's complicated, but simply we just want to win”.

The game will be played on Friday at the Cairo International Sports stadium and is expected to kickoff at exactly 19:00GMT.