Senegal coach Aliou Cisse upbeat after victory over Zimbabwe at African Nations Cup in Gabon
Posted: 20 January 2017 Time: 09:40
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said he never doubted the quality of his team following their qualification for the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon.
The Teranga Lions beat Tunisia and Zimbabwe with 2-0 scorelines to advance with a game to spare in Group B.
Senegal have never won the tournament, coming close when they finished second to Cameroon via penalties in 2002 - the same year they reached the last-eight of the World Cup.
"The most important thing is that we won," Cisse is quoted as saying by CAF following last night's defeat of the Warriors.
"It was the expectation of the whole country and I congratulate the players meeting that expectation. Today we have a generation with so much quality, and as a coach I have to work on changing the mentality which is an important element. The objective is to uplift the level of football on the continent.
"The result we see now did not start today. It started long ago. I have never doubted the quality of my team. They [players] have to stop putting themselves under pressure and this one aspect I have been working on.
"The third match [against Algeria] is as important as all other matches, and we hope to continue on the same path."