26-year-old Papiss Cisse captained Senegal to a 1-0 win against Morocco on Friday night, in a friendly game at the Marrakesh Stadium in Morocco.
Papiss Cisse on right, with Senegal’s team last Friday
A new look Senegal team won that game 1-0, with the goal coming from Pape Moussa Konate in the first half and Senegal gave a good account of themselves.
Senegal will be hoping to do a lot better in next January’s African Cup of Nations, after losing all three of their group games last January.
And it seems the Newcastle number 9 is ready to play for Senegal in the Olympics, even though that will impinge on Newcastle’s pre-season preparations.
Senegal manager Alou Cisse’s will soon name his squad, and it could be that both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba will be included, and that would certainly disrupt Newcastle’s pre-season preparations for the upcoming season, when Newcastle are back in Europe again.
Each country competing in the Olympics have a squad made up of players 23 or younger, but three overage players are allowed in the 18-man squads, so it would be a bit unfair if two of those Senegal players come from Newcastle.
Cisse seems ready and willing to be part of Senegal’s squad:
“The Olympics is a very important competition, look at players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham who have achieved such great things in their careers and want to win it.”
“My concern is that I might take the place of a young player in the team. I think that this would be hard, like if I was being replaced in the World Cup Squad.”
“I think that the emphasis should be on young players enjoying the competition. But if the management team want me to play I will be proud to do so.”
And just like France – with Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa – being in England’s group in the European Championships, Senegal are in Great Britains’ group A in the Olympics, with the other countries being Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates.
It could be that some of Newcastle’s players could put a damper on both England’s and Great Britain’s chances this summer?