National team: Aliou Cissé, it’s 50 victories with the Lions!

The snatch success for the Lions of Senegal yesterday against Wasps of Rwanda (0-1) tastes like a double triumph for coach Aliou Cissé who was also celebrating his 50th victory on the bench of the Senegalese national team.

He launched his mastery on March 28, 2015 against Ghana with a 2-1 victory at the Océane stadium in Le Havre. Yesterday, against Rwanda, Aliou Cissé reached the bar of 50 victories as coach of the national team of Senegal. A sacred dynasty crowned by the first coronation of Senegal in the most prestigious football competition on the African continent and also an undeniable stability that he managed to establish within his troop. But it was hard ! All is not rosy, of course, but it is clear that Aliou Cissé has succeeded where everyone else fails. His longevity on the bench of the Senegalese selection will confirm this, no doubt.

Officially appointed Senegal coach on March 5, 2015 in place of Frenchman Alain Giresse, the former captain of the Senegal national football team, recently celebrated his 7th birthday with the Lions. 7 seasons during which he played his 79 match on the lawn of the new Abdoulaye Wade stadium against the Wasps of Rwanda, on the second day of the qualifiers for the 2023 African Cup of Nations. In the process and thanks to the victory of the Lions on a penalty from Sadio Mané, the Senegalese technician inscribes his name a little more in the annals of Senegalese football. Indeed, he becomes the first coach of Senegal to have recorded 50 victories.

Numbers !

In 88 months as coach of Senegal, Aliou Cissé experienced the qualifiers for the CAN 2017, its final phase, those of the Russia 2018 World Cup, the CAN 2019, the playoffs and the final phase of the CAN 2021, without forgetting the preliminaries of the World Cup. 2022 and friendly matches. That is 40 victories signed in official matches and 10 in friendly matches.

Offensively, the Lions have shaken the net 120 times. The 94 goals were scored in official matches and 26 in friendlies. In defense, Aliou Cissé has built a real fortress. So, throughout his tenure, his defense conceded 39 goals, including 24 in official matches. He has recorded 17 draws and 12 losses. His biggest performance remains the continental trophy won on February 6, 2022, in Cameroon, during the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations.

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