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Cisse Defends 'Committed' Senegal After WC Exit

Aliou Cisse Defends 'Committed' Senegal After 2018 FIFA World Cup Exit

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 29, 2018 08:32 AM @KeeganKruger

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.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Senegal's 1-0 loss to Colombia on Thursday!

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.

What is your take on the fair play rule? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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baba ka Luvo Joined: 06 Jan 2018
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baba ka Luvo Jul 01, 2018 10:13 AM
so Sisse what is in your mind u want the game to be replayed ??? u should know that becouse we always see yellow cards does counts against u and does change log position thefore u can be eliminated for accumulating more than your opponent
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jun 29, 2018 03:34 PM
Rules of FIFA is getting worse specially when it comes to Africans
Simpeter Joined: 29 Jun 2018
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Simpeter Jun 29, 2018 11:54 AM
Senegal you robbed South Africa Just may we could have perform better
blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Jun 29, 2018 10:45 AM
@no1coachkm I agree 100% . Although he is good coach he faltered at this hurdle. If he can learn from this, he can take Senegal very far...........
no1coachkm Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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no1coachkm Jun 29, 2018 10:37 AM
Cisse could have done better by reading the game as it progressed. He was always too late with his substitutions. He scored fifty percent for me and I beleive had he been at atleast at sixty percent, Senegal would have progressed to the next round.
DUPENTER Joined: 10 Feb 2015
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DUPENTER Jun 29, 2018 09:39 AM
Well Done Senegal you played very well,Although I'm not happy with Fifa rules Yellow cards for what instead Japan and Senegal were supposed to play each other like playoffs.I wish Fifa can teach all Referees about:Everyteam in World cup are equally European team gets more good treatment than African teams.
Nkunapro Joined: 18 Aug 2016
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Nkunapro Jun 29, 2018 08:55 AM
From Russia with Anger of Yellow cards by Taringa

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