Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is feeling the heat from the local media, fans and officials following the team’s unsatisfactory run during the just concluded FIFA break.
The Teranga Lions posted two draws in both friendly matches against Uzbekistan (1-1) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0), with many observers questioning Cisse’s choice of players and formation for those games.
Former Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara is the latest to add his voice to growing concerns about the capabilities of the coach to lead the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Friendly matches are meant to confirm a team’s preparedness and not make people entertain doubts. We are two months to the World Cup, we ought to be strengthening our outfit and making it perfect and not the contrary,” Kamara said.
Cisse experimented a 3-5-2 formation which Senegal had never used. He also featured several fringe players.
“In my own opinion, the 3-5-2 is not good for Senegal. The World Cup is going to be high level. We saw what Spain, Germany and Brazil displayed. We are afraid for Senegal. Everybody you see at home will tell you that,” he said.
Senegal have been pitted against Colombia, Poland and Japan in Group H, and will open their campaign against the White and Reds on June 19.