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'It Annoys Me To Be The Only Black Coach At The World Cup'

'It Annoys Me To Be The Only Black Coach At The 2018 FIFA World Cup'

By David Kappel - Jun 20, 2018 06:30 PM @kappilinho

Senegal, who are managed by the only black coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, became the first African team to get a win in Russia. Lions of Teranga coach Aliou Cisse has since given his eye-opening verdict on the lack of black coaches at the tournament.

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Cisse captained Senegal – who qualified from Bafana Bafana's group for this year's showpiece – to their first ever win in World Cup history when a talented 2002 generation upset France in the opener of that year's tournament.

Sixteen years later, the 42-year-old guided his team to another opening win, against Poland, in only their second World Cup participation ever. He is the youngest manager in the dugout at this year's edition, and the only black coach on the tournament's sidelines.

"It's true that I am the only black coach in this World Cup," he said, as quoted by BBC journalist Oluwashina Okeleji.

"It's a painful reality that annoys me. I believe that football is a universal sport. I believe that skin colour has little importance in the game.

"It is good to see there is a black coach but, beyond football, it shows we have quality coaches. I represent a new generation that would like to have its place in African and world football."

Cisse also insisted that African football has improved a lot in recent years, but added that more quality coaches need to come through the ranks.

"I am certain that one day an African country will win the World Cup," he continued.

"It was some 25 years ago that African countries regularly came just to be a part of the World Cup. I think that things have developed but it's more complicated in our continent – we have realities that are not evident in other continents.

"We trust our football, we have no complex, we have great players, now we need African coaches for our football to go ahead." 

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Senegal beat Poland in their first Group H encounter, while all other African teams have lost their games so far. The Lions of Teranga's next match is against Japan on 24 June.

Do you think Senegal are the best African team at the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Warras4phefeni Joined: 09 Nov 2017
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Warras4phefeni Jun 25, 2018 03:48 PM
Blame these Federations that chooses to employ European mentors worse here in Africa hence they have that in their minds.
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Bashin Mahlangu Joined: 28 Dec 2015
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Bashin Mahlangu Jun 23, 2018 12:17 AM
Yes I think so.
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 21, 2018 08:44 AM
Hope we not gonna blame whites for this
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Mentashe Joined: 21 Dec 2015
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Mentashe Jun 21, 2018 08:13 AM
SAD REALITY, BUT THEN CISSE WHAT DO WE EXPECT WHEN 92% OF COUNTRIES ARE COACHED BY WHITE FOREIGN COACHES. WINNING THE WORLD CUP WILL TAKE ANOTHER =30 YEARS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THAT OUR AFRICAN BROTHERS WOULD CHOOSE TO REPRESENT FRANCE, BELGIUM AND OTHERS THAT REPRESENTING THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES. IT WILL TAKE LONG FOR US TO GET THERE. THE MAIN LET DOWN IN THIS WORLD CUP FOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES IS THE LACK OF CONCENTRATION AT THE CRUCIAL MOMENTS LIKE THE LAST FIVE MINUTES EVEN SENEGAL CONSIDERED A GOAL AT THIS TIME OF THE GOAL.
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NkosieOFsoccer@ Jun 21, 2018 12:21 AM
It was gonna either b u or Shakes untill the stubborn Shakes beat u then the match was later reviewed after Bacter did the damage against Cape Verde in back2 back fixtures, the rest is history...!!
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KK-kELLS Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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KK-kELLS Jun 20, 2018 10:24 PM
its about time we trust in our own people, most of this teams competing in the world cup are coach by their own people, Even wen the national anthems are sang they sing along, but if an African team plays the head coach in not singing because he doesn't know it n also because he's not from African...its a beautiful feeling and an honour for everyone in the team including technical staff to sing a National Anthem.
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Bigjack Jun 20, 2018 08:14 PM
YES BECAUSE THEY PLAY AFRICAN FOOTBALL UNLIKE THE OTHERS WHO TRY TO PLAY EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
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Shosholoza ka Cadolo Jun 20, 2018 07:56 PM
Fly high African flag
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Mr Moloto Joined: 25 May 2018
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Mr Moloto Jun 20, 2018 07:51 PM
Please remind our football federations who are managed by selfish lunatics who knows nothing about football they never played futebal before but think they can run it how?
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Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jun 20, 2018 07:44 PM
It wll take so many years to see african team win a world cup

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