Qatar have become the first host to lose the opening match at the World Cup, as they went down 2 nil (full time), in an off-side drama filled first goal by the brilliant Ecuador side.
Day 2 sees the first African nation, Senegal take on Netherlands, at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, and is pegged to be one of the greatest show-match of the second day of the tournament. The match follows after an England versus Iran match.
The Senegalese playmaker, Mane has been included in the 26 squad of the fixture following an injury but this has not drowned the team moral ahead of their first game.
“We are not just talking about Senegalese people but people around the world and the whole football family is saddened,” said Cisse.
“He represents the African continent as well as Senegal,” he added. “I have received phone calls from around the world.
“All coaches build teams around their best player, that is also the case for us. We have a strong team as well, with experienced and young players ready to rise to the challenge.”