Aliou Cissé makes third Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal; Can he win the trophy now?


The fast-rising football coach has made history as the first Senegal coach to reach two final of the Africa Cup of Nations

Senegal brushed aside Burkina Faso 3-1 to reach the final of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations ongoing in Cameroon.

After losing the trophy to Algeria in the last edition, Senegal arrived in Cameroon with optimism to right the wrong but things did not start on a perfect note for them.

The Teranga Lions scored only one goal from open play in the group stage to book their place in the knockout phase. However, they have now scored eight goals in three games in the knockout stage – round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.

Interestingly, head coach Aliou Cissewho was initially under intense pressure due to the slow start has now become a national hero as Senegal are just one step away from annexing the ultimate.

Cisse has ever been present whenever Senegal make it to the final in their history. In 2002, he captained the West African side in the final but they lost title. In 2019, Senegal narrowly lost in the final to Algeria in the final and they are hoping to make amends this time around with Cisse still in charge.

Senegal will face either Egypt or host Nation Cameroon on Sunday in the final as the two countries are scheduled to play the second semifinals on Thursday evening.


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