Cisse: Teranga Lions failed to gel up front

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse has pointed to a lack of attacking cohesion as a reason for his side’s AFCON quarter-final exit at the hands of Cameroon.

A Teranga Lions side packed with big-name players from Europe’s top leagues had been expected to book their place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals at Cameroon’s expense.

But Cisse’s men failed to score inside 120 minutes as the game ended 0-0. Liverpool forward Sadio Mane then had Senegal’s fifth penalty kick saved as the tournament favourites crashed out 5-4 after the shoot-out.

Cisse says the defeat is a massive disappointment for a nation which has never won the continental competition.

“The elimination is not easy for us. It is hard for us and the country who were expecting so much from us,” he said.

“I feel sorry for the players who wanted to write their own piece of history.

“It is a big disappointment for me and the entire team. I’m the first person to feel their pain. It is very hard for us in the dressing room but we can raise our heads high.

“The Cameroonian defence was compact from the start till the end. We created several opportunities but they resisted all our attacks.

“We were not collective up front and missed a lot of chances. What we missed today was the fact that some players failed to realise that they cannot do it alone.”

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