The Teranga Lions face the Netherlands in their opening match of the World Cup on Monday and while the European side are seen as favourites, Cisse feels his players are equally good because they play at a high level.
Senegal will be without talisman Sadio Mane who is out of the World Cup after surgery on his right fibula following an injury while playing for Bayern Munich recently. Cisse believes the loss of Mane is a blow for the whole world.
“We’re not just talking about the Senegalese people here, I think people all over the world,” Cisse said concerning Mane’s absence, during his pre-match press conference.
“The whole football family is saddened by what has happened because he was the second-best player in the world and he represents the African continent as well as representing Senegal.”
“It’s true that 20 years ago, 35 years ago, African football was very different. Today, we have players who play in the best leagues in the world, in the best leagues in Europe.”
“Players who play together with the players from the Netherlands or from Brazil, and if they play with them, it’s because they are as good as them. What’s important is that we go about these matches without any fear and try and play as we possibly can.”