Cisse on Saliou Ciss : Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse did not select left -back Saliou Ciss in his 26-man squad list for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The 33-year old defender who won the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as Senegal’s first choice left-back has been without a club since July 2022 after leaving Ligue 2 side Nancy.
Cissé spoke explained the non-selection of Saliou Ciss on Friday :
“Saliou, for the 7 years that I have been here, I have difficult and painful decisions that I have to make. The Senegal national team has reached a certain level today which means that we must be attentive to the criteria for non-selection. Today it is difficult to select a player who does not have a club.
We have been with him from the start, I have no doubt that he will return to this selection when his situation is resolved. But it is very important today to send a strong signal to all the other Senegalese players that to come to this team there are criteria to be met.
And the first is to have a club. And that is for the respect we have for Saliou and the federation.” Aliou Cisse explained.
THE FULL SQUAD:
Seny Dieng (Queens Park Rangers), Alfred Gomis (Stade Rennes), Eduoard Mendy (Chelsea)
Fode Ballo Toure (AC Milan), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiakos), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea), Formose Mendy (Amiens), Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis)
Pathe Ismael Ciss (Rayo Vallecano) Krepin Diatta (Monaco), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Pape Gueye (Olympique Marseille), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Mamdou Loum (Reading), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City), Moustapha Name (Pafos FC), Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur)
Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor), Bamba Dieng (Olympique Marseille), Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Ilimane Ndiaye (Sheffield United), Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
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