Cisse concerned by Senegal’s lack of goals

Cisse concerned by Senegal’s lack of goals
Aliou Cisse coach of Senegal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Senegal Press Conference on the 17 January 2022 at Bafoussam, Cameroon / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 20, 2022. 10:00

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has admitted a concern over his team’s lack of goals at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

The Teranga Lions have progressed safely into the Round of 16 by topping Group B ahead of Guinea, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


Senegal’s defence has been imperious – keeping three straight clean sheets at the tournament in Cameroon – but at the other end of the field they have managed to score just once, and even that was a penalty, scored by Sadio Mane deep in injury time against Zimbabwe.

I want to congratulate the players on the qualifications on the second round of matches,” said Cisse after a goalless stalemate with Malawi, as quoted by CAF.

“We got a good challenge from Malawi but I am happy we came back strongly in the second round but failed to utilise our chances.

We have lacked efficiency at the front but we want to ensure we have a different strategy going into the next round of matches as we hope for more goals.

“I said from the word go that we should be humble as a team and even though many people expect us to win by big margins we have played formidable teams and the most important fact is that we have qualified as the top team in the group.”

Senegal, who were runners-up at the last AFCON in Egypt in 2019, are chasing their first continental crown.

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