It’s a daunting task for Senegal to overcome the 4-2 deficit to the Ivory Coast, in their play-off for a place in the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in January, but the Senegal captain and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, says it’s still possible for Senegal to make it through.
Papiss Cisse - anything is possible
This is what Papiss said before the game in Dakar today, which we’ll be following with interest:
“It is obviously going to be difficult – we’re 4-2 down from the first leg, which is disappointing.” “The Ivory Coast are a good team and of course they have Cheick in this game, and I know how good he is. But we have good players too.”
“Anything is possible in football though and two goals is not all that much in our game, especially if we start well. We will fight until the end and we are at home, they have to come to our place.”
“Playing Ivory Coast here on Saturday will require talent and mental strength above the average, which we the players have.” “And I believe the outcome of the match will depend on small details like mistakes on the part of one side or the other.”
“That is why I’m reiterating my call to all Senegalese to come forth and show support because this game is not just for the players, but for the whole nation.”
At least Senegal are at home and there’s always a chance if they can get their noses in front, then something dramatic could happen.
From a purely Newcastle viewpoint, we hope that the Ivory Coast get though, simply because that means we’ll only lose Cheick Tiote in January and some of February, rather than our two top strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.
If Senegal do make it through, it’s going to be a huge problem for Newcastle, and I may even have to look for my boots again, as Newcastle will be struggling on the striker front, and we’ll need to bring in a new striker in January.
What do you think?
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