Aliou Cisse reacts to Senegal's loss to Egypt

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Saliou Ciss' fourth minute own goal was enough to hand the Pharoahs a 1-0 win at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.

Cisse did not feel his side played poorly on the night but did lament their offensive effectiveness.

“It was a balanced match. Egypt took advantage of the opportunity and scored early. We had many chances, but we lacked the effectiveness necessary draw,” Cisse said in the post-match press conference, as per KinFut.

“The Egyptian team played well. For us, this is the time to prepare for the next match and avoid the mistakes of the first leg.

“I told the players to keep their heads high, this is the first leg and there is still a second match in our stadium and with our fans. We saw the great impact of the Egyptian fans, and this will be in our favour when we play at home.

Mohamed Aboutrika - Egypt
Mohamed Aboutrika - Egypt
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Seydou Keita - Mali
George Weah - Liberia
George Weah - Liberia
Ace Ntsoelengoe - South Africa
Ace Ntsoelengoe - South Africa
Abedi Pele - Ghana
Abedi Pele - Ghana
Bruce Grobbelaar - Zimbabwe
Bruce Grobbelaar - Zimbabwe
Frederic Kanoute - Mali
Frederic Kanoute - Mali
Kalusha Bwalya - Zambia
Kalusha Bwalya - Zambia
Godfrey Chitalu - Zambia
Godfrey Chitalu - Zambia
Tony Yeboah - Ghana
Tony Yeboah - Ghana

“1-0 is psychologically important for Egypt. For us psychologically, it’s not a big result. We have a lot of work to do and preparations to ensure a different reaction in the next match.

“We started the game very well, despite the goal we conceded. We had more possession and were in control of the match, but we lacked offensive effectiveness. Our loss doesn’t mean that we played poorly.

“I’m satisfied with the performance of the players. The Egyptian national team taking advantage of its opportunity doesn’t mean that we have a problem at the individual or collective level in the formation.

“In football, there must be offensive and defensive effectiveness, and this is what we had in the second-half. Work and preparation will be carried out without any changes.