WCQ: Cisse optimistic ahead of Egypt encounter

Senegal national team head coach Aliou Cisse is optimistic that his side will make it to the World Cup ahead of Egypt’s game.

The Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade plays host to an African heavyweight matchup as Senegal and Egypt lock horns in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying clash.

The Lions of Teranga head into the game seeking to overturn their deficit after falling to a slender 1-0 defeat when the sides went head to head in Cairo last Friday.

However Cisse claims that his charges will be able to overturn this result.

“Our goal is to equalize first and then win. The 0-1 defeat in Cairo is behind us, we have the opportunity to write history in our new stadium, we can’t go back,” Cisse said before adding.

“In the animation, we manage to combine, we have to be effective in the penalty area, very clinical, make the right gesture, the strategy I expect to give it to the players first.”

“No need to fear against Egypt, we have to get into the game well, we are aware of our qualities, time is our first enemy, but that does not mean leaving with a grain of salt.”

The players do not need to be motivated, the objective is to qualify for the World Cup, a competition that every footballer would like to play.”

“We are confident that we can do it even if the opponent is of quality, we go there with confidence and humility. It will be a very important afternoon for the Senegalese people.”

Senegal suffered a huge blow at the defensive end of the pitch as Paris Saint-Germain man Abdou Diallo was forced off inside the opening quarter of an hour on Friday through injury.

He joins the duo of Seny Dieng and Alfred Gomis on the sidelines after the Queens Park Rangers and Stade Rennes goalkeepers picked up injuries at club level respectively.

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