Cisse Defends 'Committed' Senegal After WC Exit
Aliou Cisse Defends 'Committed' Senegal After 2018 FIFA World Cup Exit
A disappointed Aliou Cisse had his say on Senegal’s historic exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saying he would not have told his players to play in any other way after 1-0 loss to Colombia on Thursday.
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The Lions of Teranga, who ended up with the same number of points and goal difference as Japan in Group H, became the first team in the tournament's history to be eliminated by the FIFA Fair Play rule, having accumulated six yellow cards to the Asian side's four in the group stage.
The Samurai Blue advanced to the round of 16 at the expense of the Senegalese as a result, and Cisse said it was something he and his team would have to accept.
"I do not know if this rule is cruel or not, but I cannot ask my players to jump on the court to not receive yellows," the coach said, as quoted by Marca.
"It is the law of football, the law of fair play, and we had fewer points in that aspect, and we have to accept it.
"In any case, these are the rules of the game, and we have to respect them, but we would have preferred to be eliminated in another way."
Although the teams from the African continent did not fare well in Russia, the 42-year-old believes football in the CAF region is on the right track.
"African football is making a lot of progress, and we are going to continue in this line, and I am sure we will do good things in the future. We are on the right track," he said.
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