Former Pompey player named head coach of Senegal

Aliou Cisse    Picture: Steve Reid
Aliou Cisse Picture: Steve Reid
  • Aliou Cisse appointed head coach of Senegal
  • Midfielder played 36 games for Pompey in two-year stay on south coast
  • Former Senegal captain led his nation to 2002 World Cup quarter-finals
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Former Pompey midfielder Aliou Cisse has been appointed as Senegal’s new head coach.

The 38-year-old, who captained his home nation to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, joined the Blues in August 2004 from Premier League rivals Birmingham City for £300,000.

Cisse went on to play 36 games for Pompey, without scoring, before departing Fratton Park for French club Sedan in May 2006.

He succeeds Alain Giresse in the Senegal hot seat after the Frenchman left the role following the Lions of Teranga’s first-round exit from this year’s African Nations Cup.