Cisse representing black coaches in Russia
Posted: 21 June 2018 Time: 10:00
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse, the only African coach to record a victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has opened up about his ambition to pioneer a new era of black coaches.
Cisse captained the historic Senegal side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and has returned to the hotseat as one of the most highly-rated coaches in Russia 2018.
At 42, the Teranga Lions coach is also the youngest coach from the 32 countries in participation and prior to their victory against Poland this week - he spoke of the minority representation within top-level football.
"It's true I'm the only black coach in this World Cup, but really these are debates that disturb me," he told reporters, as quoted by AS.
"Football is a universal sport and the colour of your skin is of very little importance.
"It's good to have a black coach here but it shows that we have quality coaches among us. I represent a new generation that would like to have its place in African and world football.
"We are very good with our tactics and we have the right to be a part of the top international coaches."
"In European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead."