Aliou Cissé has just achieved a remarkable feat by qualifying Senegal in the 1/8 finals of the World Cup for the second time in its history. Before that, the Senegalese coach had led the team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and won the CAN-2021. Between the two, he had lost the CAN-2019 final against… Algeria and Djamel Belmadi. It is therefore natural to compare the curve of the two coaches. Cissé’s graph is significantly better than that of its Algerian counterpart. However, the parallel is somewhat skewed given the difference in data. Explanations.
In 2002 as a player and captain then in 2022 as a coach, Aliou Cisse will have experienced two historic qualifications for the 2nd round of CDM with the Teranga Lions. However, before adding this important line to his coaching record, the former midfielder of Birmingham City had to face many challenges in his country.
One step ahead then…
Everything has not been easy since his appointment on the bench of the Senegalese selection in March 2015. Prior to that, he was deputy toAlain Giresse. He almost jumped after the CAN-2017 and elimination in the quarter-finals against Cameroon, future winner of the event. But Cisse could be maintained because this period coincided with the continuation of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Russia. An appointment that he will manage to book with his protégés. However, the Russian campaign ended in the first round. It was because of a yellow card (eliminated under the fair play rule). Bitter.
Then came the CAN-2019 and a crown lost on the wire facing theAlgeria and Belmadi. At that time, the dzhis childhood friend at Champigny, had a fuller CV. And, despite stranding so close to the crown, Senegalese vigorously demanded his departure judging that not enthroning Africa with the manpower he had remained a bitter failure.
FSF-FAF: Not the same atmosphere
That’s whenAugustin Senghorboss of the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF), made the decision to support the coach. We are in the same situation as Belmadi… or almost. In fact, the boss of the FSF had the latitude and full powers to take the measure. We are talking about a man who has been leading the body since 2009.
Stability within the federal structure is not what the coach ofEl Khadra could enjoy. He knew three presidents (Zetchi, Amara and Zefizef) within 3 years. However, it should be mentioned that the current passed flawlessly with Kheireddine Zetchi. The two men were on the same wavelength. But the chairman of Paradou AC was ejected despite the continental triumph. It was for non-sporting considerations.
One brooded, the other (over)exposed
From that moment something broke even though Belmadi did not want to abandon what he had built since his arrival. The results and the gloomy atmosphere within the FAF and the power plays eventually rubbed off on his work. the “Minister of Happiness” had become more than just a coach. A weight that was like a burden came to weigh her down.
The price of this excess of function, which he did not ask at the base, he had to pay it all alone since he is the screen of theIN. All this to say that Cisse was able to stay focused on his job, devoting himself only to the technical aspect. And he was able to be protected and not exposed.
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