SENEGAL striker Papiss Demba Cissé was ruled out September’s pivotal Group J game against Uganda in September after accumulating two yellow cards
By Julius Senyimba
CRANES’ hopes to make it to the playoffs of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers have received a minor boost after Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cissé was ruled out September’s pivotal Group J game against Uganda in September after accumulating two yellow cards.
The striker was booked in the 44th minute after netting Senegal’s opener against Liberia at the Samuel Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia. Cissé scored again after the break to seal a 2-0 win that propelled the visitors to the top of the group displacing Uganda.
The Newcastle striker first booking came in Kampala last year during the 1-1 draw where he also scored Senegal’s goal.
Cranes will travel to Conakry, Guinea at a neutral ground for the return leg after Senegal were banned from hosting home games following crowd violence in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast.
Cissé is Senegal’s leading top scorer in the qualification campaign with four of their eight goals, a clear testament that the Newcastle striker’s services will be missed by the West Africans even though coach Alain Giresse has plenty of quality options at his disposal.
Papiss Cissé to miss crunch Cranes game