“I want them to say to themselves, if France can win, why can’t we,” explained Cissé. That’s the kind of confidence he wants to instill in his players. The mission of the “Lions of Teranga”, which translates to hospitality, is clear: reach the knockout stage. Because four years ago, the African teams in Russia experienced a catastrophic tournament, all five representatives did not get past the group stage. Since then, Senegal around Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been considered a beacon of hope, and on paper also has good chances of promotion to the round of 16.