Senegal have been hit hard at the World Cup after manager Aliou Cisse fell ill ahead of their round-of-16 match against England.
The 46-year-old has been ill for the past two days and did not attend the pre-match press conference.
He didn’t train again today, so his assistant Regis Bogart will take his place.
Before the game, Bogart was optimistic that Cisse would lead the team tomorrow night.
He also said, “Aliu Cisse was sick and had a slight fever.
“He has been unwell for a few days and yesterday allowed us to take over training.
“Obviously, I have passed on his instructions to the players and hopefully tomorrow he can come and be on the bench with the players.
But I am sure he will be with the team tomorrow night at 10pm. ”
‘Winning England’ is a huge accomplishment. I don’t know how big it will be compared to the 2002 win.
“But if we can beat a team like that, it will send a strong message about our progress.”
Of Cisse’s valuable experience as a member of the Senegalese national team that beat France in Seoul 20 years ago, Bogart said, “When he speaks, he has the data and experience of being part of that great team in 2002.
I think the team really trusts him to be part of that experience,” he added. ”
“He tells his players that the more they play for the best clubs in the world, the better they become.”
“Older people have to pass that experience on to younger players.
“I have six players who have competed in WC, but there are many who have been successful and won AFCON.
“We have experienced players and I believe that nothing beats experience.
Bogart, who personally coached the Teranga Lions from 2012 to 2014, credits Cisse’s energy, integrity and longevity as the reason for the country’s recent boom.
“I know him very well, I know him as a player. Now I have been working as his assistant for 11 years.
“We’ve been talking a lot about putting a project he started into action. He’s got tremendous energy. He knows where he wants to go and he’s going to give it his all.”
“He has the ability to learn and apply those lessons, which is very useful for progressing as a team.
“He always speaks his mind straight. He’s open and honest, and the players appreciate that. If he likes it, he says he likes it, and if he doesn’t, he says so.”
“He will leave his mark and has already left his mark with the Senegal national team. There is none.”
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