- Senegal’s national coach Aliou Cisse is the only black coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
- His side is the only African team to have won a game at the tournament
- Cisse said the fact that he was making news as the only black coach at the event disturbed and annoyed him
Senegal’s national coach Aliou Cisse has made headlines after his side became the only African team to register a win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Cisse is also the only black coach at the tournament, something which he says annoys him.
Cisse said the fact that he was making news headlines because of his skin colour disturbed him. He said football is a universal sport which has nothing to do with skin colour.
Cisse has tasted World Cup glory as a player, he captained Senegal’s side at the 2002 World Cup. The team reached the quarter-finals of that tournament.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Cisse has made a splash at the 2018 edition, not only is he the only black coach, the winning African team coach but he is at 42 one of the youngest coaches at the tournament.
He is also one of the highest rated coaches among his peers.
Fans across the world have also named him the coolest coach of the tournament in honour of his trademark glasses and hairstyle. Cisse also created the perfect meme opportunity during his side’s victory over Poland.
Cisse said it was good for Africa to have a black coach at the World Cup and proved that the continent did have some quality coaches. He said he represented a new generation of Africans who were ready to take their place in the world.
He said being the only black coach at the tournament was ‘a painful reality which annoyed him’. Cisse said African football had dramatically improved in recent years and black coaches were ready to join the big teams of the world.
Cisse said he was sure that an African country would someday win the World Cup.
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