Aliou Cisse declines assistant coach job in Senegal

The former Teranga Lions captain has turned down an offer from the Senegal FA to assist newly-appointed head coach Alain Giresse

Senegal have employed a head coach Alain Giresse but are still in search of his assistant after the U-23 team coach Aliou Cisse refused the post.

Cisse, who captained Senegal to the 2002 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, told he declined the position because he was also a candidate for the post of head coach and assisting the Frenchman could spark disputes.

“I wanted to be Senegal coach but the officials opted for Alain Giresse. I think it is better to let him work in peace rather than going there to assist and raise difference in opinion issues,” he said.

“I have my style of work, he has his. We might not fit each other and so to avoid confusion and quarrel I decided not to accept the job and continue with the Olympic team,” he added.

Cisse has stood in several times as interim coach of the Teranga Lions but relegated to junior categories each time a new coach was found.

Senegal will host Angola on March 23 in Conakry, Guinea in the 2014 World Cup qualifier following the one-year ban imposed on their home group of Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium in Dakar.