Migne, Senegal coach trade bitter war of words ahead of Group C AFCON decider

Migne, Senegal coach trade bitter war of words ahead of Group C AFCON decider

Fred Kennedy
July 1, 2019 at 8:48 AM

Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his Senegal counterpart Aliou Cisse have been involved in a bitter war of words ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations last Group C encounter.

The two teams are scheduled to face off on 30 June Stadium on Monday, July 1, in a match that could decide who between them seals an automatic place in the last 16 of the competition.

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Speaking in his pre-match conference, Migne suggested Senegal players' weak mentality ahead of the clash could give his side an edge over the Lions of Teranga.

The French tactician asserted the pressure of the final group game could take a toll on Senegal, who lost for the first time in nine matches as Algeria stunned them 1-0 in their second group fixture.

“We know that from time to time, the mentality of Senegalese players may have some weaknesses. I hope that will be the case tomorrow (Monday, July 1), as they are under pressure. If our system works we can hurt our opponents very much," Migne said.

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However, in a quick rejoinder, Cisse has come out to express his disappointment with Migne's remarks, questioning the Stars' coach knowledge about his wards mentality.

"What does he [Migne] know about the mentality of Senegal?" fumed Cisse. "What does he know about our players? How can he say that we don't have the right mentality?" Cisse posed.
"I think my counterpart has to take care of his own team. We went to the World Cup a while ago. This was our first defeat in Africa in a long time," he continued.

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Meanwhile, Senegal, who were widely tipped as tournament favourites currently sit second on Group C with three points behind Algeria who lead with six.

Kenya are third with three points following their stunning 3-2 comeback win against Tanzania on Thursday, June 27.

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