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Senegal Coach Aliou Cisse Lamented Inabilities

Fifa president Gianni Infantino (R) greets Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Final match between Senegal and Algeria.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse rued his side’s inability to recover from an early goal as their wait for a first Africa Cup of Nations title extended following Friday’s 1-0 loss to Algeria.

The Teranga Lions arrived in Egypt with pride as the top-ranked nation on the continent but finally finished as runners-up. “They put away the chance they needed. On the whole we didn’t let ourselves down. We created chances but weren’t able to score,” said Cisse, the head coach whose team whose lost 1-0 to Algeria in the group phase. “When you concede a goal so early in the match the plans become clear. You have to attack against an aggressive defence and we weren’t able to find the solutions.

Senegal was without key center-back Kalidou Koulibaly through suspension while Liverpool star Sadio Mane found it difficult against a solid Algeria defence. “What are we missing?” asked Cisse. “Being consistent. The last time Senegal reached this point it was in 2002. The experience of big matches, we want to be here more often. We’re getting closer to winning. “The team has been making steady progress these past five years.

A final is decided by fine margins and we deserved better tonight.” Adepoju pays retiring Mikel tribute.  Cisse, who was a captain of the Senegal team at that time when they lost 2002 final, has been in charge since early 2015 and refused to be drawn on his future in the job. “It’s been 17 years since Senegal got to this stage of the competition. We’ve only experienced disillusion and disappointment,” he said. “I’m not important. What counts is what I’m doing the with players and the fact the federation has confidence in me.
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