WC 2022: Senegal not automatic favourites – Coach

WC 2022: Senegal not automatic favourites – Coach

Senegal coach Aliou Cissé has refuted claims that his team got the ‘best and easiest’ group of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round.

The Teranga Lions were drawn against Congo, Namibia and Togo in Group H, which many pundits feel Sadio Mané and Co. would dominate but the coach shares a contrary view.

“I hear and read that it’s a walkover for Senegal, who said so? I have never entertained that idea. Group H is as tough and tricky as any other group. All the teams in the second round deserve their place. There is no cheap team,” Cissé tells www.ACLsports.com

“You call Congo a small team? They have won the AFCON (1972), Senegal are yet to. You call Togo a small team? They have been to the FIFA World Cup. They have top professionals. They prevented Senegal from going to the World Cup in 2006.

“Namibia have never been to the World Cup. They are ambitious. Nobody should think they would be easily crushed. Personally, I feel the qualification campaign is going to be tough. We hope to qualify from the second round to the third but we have to work for it. It’s not going to be automatic for us,” he said.

The first matches will be played on October 5, 2020.

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