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Aliou Cisse keen on making history with Senegal

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Senegal coach Aliou Cisse believes his team is inspired by their recent exploits in reaching the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final stage for the first time in 17 years.

The Terenga Lions could even go one step further to seal a spot in the final for the first time since the 2002 final defeat to Cameroon but they need to overcome Alain Giresse’s Tunisian side.

Now Cisse, who missed from the spot back in 2002, would like to make up for the loss with another golden generation of Senegalese footballers.

Ahead of the clash with the Carthage Eagles, Cisse praised the North-African opposition but stated his team are gunning for their first ever Nations Cup title.

“Tunisia are very special and very strong,” he said at his pre-match press conference via FourFourTwo.

“They possess special skills and their players are capable of creating the difference. However, we’re in the semi-finals for the first time since 2002 and this motivates us to win.

“We have improved a lot and I stand by my team.”

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 24: Aliou Cisse, Head coach of Senegal celebrates after his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 24, 2018, in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tunisia, meanwhile, have also had to wait over a decade to return to the business end of the tournament.

Winners of this encounter will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria or the high-flying desert Foxes of Algeria who are equally hot favourites to win the prestigious continental showpiece.