Issues surface in Senegal camp

Issues surface in Senegal camp
Senegal's striker Demba Ba

Friday Nov 07, 2014. 15:25

There is good news for Botswana's national team in that there has been yet another attack from a Senegal player on their coach Alain Giresse.

Senegal are in the same Africa Nations Cup Qualifying group as Botswana, Tunisia and Egypt, and there seem to be issues inside the camp.

FC Nantes’ Senegalese right-back Issa Cissokho has launched a scathing attack on Lions’ coach Alain Giresse after being dropped from the squad.

This comes just days after West Ham striker Diafra Sakho criticised the coach for not selecting him for any of the current qualifiers despite his good form in England. Sakho has since been called up for Senegal's remaining two games.

Called-up for the two previous rounds of qualifiers, in September to host Egypt and travel to Botswana and a month later for their double clash with Tunisia, Cissokho didn’t get any playing time in this continental campaign.

And he now accuses Giresse of ignoring him and not putting any faith in him.

“The coach didn’t give me any playing time. He doesn’t have faith in me and it disturbs me a lot,” the 29-year old told Stades.

“I was expecting to play against Tunisia, but he completely ignored me. He told me that Zargo Touré was a better option, that the Tunisian defenders were taller. Just false excuses…

“I was very disappointed, and gutted. I had to play this game because everyone saw me give everything at training. I have nothing against Zargo Touré, but he is a centre-back, not a full-back.

“He just wants me to make up numbers at training? I told him that if it was the case, he can leave me at my club’s disposal so I can work and improve.”

Alain Giresse on Wednesday announced a 23-player squad to face Egypt in Cairo on November 15 before hosting Botswana in Dakar four days later.

The Teranga Lions are lying second in their Group G, three points short of leaders Tunisia and with a one-point lead over third-placed Egypt.

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