Aliou Cissé, head coach of Senegal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Gambia at Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro, Cote dlvoire on 15 January 2024 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Cameroon Is Still Cameroon – Aliou Cissé

The national team coach of the Teranga Lions of Senegal, Aliou Cissé, has said that when it comes to football, Cameroon remains a formidable opponent and should not be underestimated.

He made the statement on January 18 during a press conference held in preparation for the second Group C match between Cameroon and Senegal in the ongoing 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) taking place in Cote d’Ivoire.

Aliou Cissé highlighted that matches between Cameroon and Senegal have always been highly competitive, suggesting that facing Cameroon is never easy. He believes that Cameroon can rise to the occasion and should not be written off.

“Cameroon needs no introduction. They’re one of Africa’s great teams, with good players and great individuals. In October 2023, it was a friendly match. It was a friendly match full of lessons. Cameroon is still Cameroon. It’s a competitive beast. We know that. You should never bury the Cameroonians, because they’re capable of waking up over time, and we’ve come to realize that they’re capable of rising to any challenge.”

He added, “In Senegal, we don’t talk much. We’re more humble. You are the continent. We know you. We know that matches between Cameroon and Senegal have never been a pleasure. They’re two big teams. They’ve always provided the African continent with great players and great satisfaction. Cameroon beat us in Mali in 2002, and we went on to win the CAN in Cameroon.”

Cameroon and Senegal (the defending champions) faced each other in a crucial Day Two game where the winner of this summit encounter could potentially go to the group’s top. Aliou Cissé intends to prioritize tactics, athleticism, and mental strength to overcome Cameroon.

“We’re going to approach this match with a great deal of serenity and determination. We want to keep going,” he said.

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