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Everyone Is Absolutely Loving Senegal's Ultra Cool Manager

Everyone Is Absolutely Loving Senegal's Ultra Cool Manager

Senegal have a knack of springing surprises in their opening World Cup games. Today was only their second opener at the tournament ever, and nothing will ever top the elation of beating holders France in 2002, but their 2-1 win over Poland was a huge success for the Lions of Teranga in a tough group.

The man who orchestrated the victory from the sidelines was Aliou Cisse, who has been the Senegal manager since 2015.

The former Senegalese international, who is the only black manager at Russia 2018, was constantly giving it loads from the touchline, encouraging his players to keep it going until the final whistle.

Twitter users were enamoured with Cisse and his amazing demeanour, best illustrated by his splendid celebration following Senegal's winning goal.

 

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There was minor controversy surrounding Senegal's second goal however, as M'Baye Niang was allowed back on to the field of play by the official just as the ball was hit into the Poland half of the field, allowing him to steal the ball from the defender.

 

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Who Is The Senegal Manager, Aliou Cisse?

Aliou Cisse was captain of the famous Senegal side that shocked the world in 2002 by beating France, the winners of the World Cup in 1998. He won 35 international caps across six years, retiring from international duty in 2005.

Plying his trade as a defensive midfielder, Cisse spent a brief spell in the Premier League with Birmingham City and Portsmouth. He also played in Ligue 1 with Montpellier, PSG and Lille.

Cisse has been the Senegal manager for three years, leading the African nation to their second World Cup finals in their history. He is the only black manager and the lowest paid of all 32 at the tournament, earning £174,500 according to the Daily Mirror.

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Ste McGovern
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