2018 World Cup’s Only Black Coach, Aliou Cisse Expresses There Should Be More

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Source bbc.com

Plenty of black players, not enough black coaches.

The following quotes are from Senegal’s Aliou Cisse said through a translator a day ahead of his nation’s World Cup opener against Poland.

“In European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead,”

“I am the only black coach in this World Cup. That is true,” Cisse said. “But really these are debates that disturb me. I think that football is a universal sport and that the color of your skin is of very little importance.”

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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse attend a press conference before Senegal’s official training on the eve of the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press)

“I think we have a new generation that is working, that is doing its utmost, and beyond being good players with a past of professional footballers,” Cisse said. “We are very good in our tactics, and we have the right to be part of the top international coaches.”

“I have the certainty that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” Cisse said. “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We have realities that are not there in other continents, but I think that the African continent is full of qualities. We are on the way, and I’m sure that Senegal, Nigeria or other African countries will be able win, just like Brazil, Germany or other European countries.”

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