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Cisse giving little away on Senegal's 'weapons' ahead of Japan World Cup showdown

9:46 PM MYT 23/06/2018
Aliou Cisse Senegal coach
The Teranga Lions coach looks ahead to Sunday's Group H meeting with the Samurai Blue

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of Sunday's encounter with Japan at the World Cup. 

The Teranga Lions could secure a round of 16 ticket should they successfully fend off the challenge of the Samurai Blue, who saw off Colombia (2-1) in their Group H opener. 

Despite supervising a valuable 2-1 victory over Poland on matchday one, Cisse admits the possibility of ringing changes to his set-up, but that was only how far he went on the topic during Saturday's pre-match presser.

"It's possible. I don’t really want to distribute the Senegalese weapons before the match tomorrow," said, the former Birmingham City and Portsmouth midfielder, who captained Senegal on their World Cup debut in 2002.

"We have a group of 23 players. All 23 are able to start tomorrow. We can play in different tactical systems. 

"We’ll have to change the systems compared to our opponents.

"Before any fight, the opponents can give their own opinion. What is important that both teams won their initial match. Japan beat Colombia – one of the best teams in the world. We’re going to have a hard-fought match.

"Both teams will want to win because the team that wins will be nearly qualified. That’s the main challenge for the match tomorrow."

Japan equally have eyes on three points as a win could guarantee a place in the next round.

Cisse, however, remains confident about his outfit's chances at Yekaterinburg's Central Stadium.

"There’s nothing about the Japan team that worries me," the 42-year-old remarked. 

"We know they have a collective technical quality, they have connections, they know how to play when they win the ball. 

"They are good passers. They are able to put a lot of pressure on their opponents. 

"We know it’ll be difficult."

Senegal will face Colombia in their last group game on Thursday.