Papiss Cisse apologises to Senegal

The Newcastle United striker has offered excuse to Senegal football federation and the team following his failure to report to camp for the friendly match against Niger

Senegal captain Papiss Cisse has apologised to the football federation for missing the Teranga Lions friendly match against Niger on November 14 in Niamey which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Newcastle United forward had sent relevant medical evidence of a back injury to officials in Dakar as the reason for his absence, but the FA was not convinced and subsequently reported the player to FIFA, who succeeded in preventing him from playing at his club.

Cisse later threatened to drop Senegal’s captaincy after denouncing lack of “minimum trust” from the body.

“I hereby apologise to the Senegal football federation, the technical staff, my team mates and the people of Senegal,” the 27-year-old told Senegal Press Agency APS on Thursday.

“I know the fans and officials are mad at me for not showing up during that game against Niger and I want to hereby assure them that I will never breach the rules and regulations of the body in terms of player’s availability. My absence was not a sign of boycott or protest of any kind. I once again beg for pardon and promise to be always available,” he said.

Senegal did not qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but the ministry of sports says it will leave no stone unturned to help the team book a place at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, as preparations for the qualifying campaign gets underway.