Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Senegal, Japan fans sweep stadium after victory, win hearts

Senegal, Japan fans sweep stadium after victory, win hearts

Senegal's coach, Aliou Cisse, who captained his side in 2002 to a stunning quarter-final finish, has said he is optimistic of Africa's chances at winning the ultimate prize, despite the dismal start to this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

According to Wright, the fans were seen "collecting trash and organising into neat piles to help the stadium staff in their clean-up operation".

"Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead", Senegal's Aliou Cisse said through a translator on Monday, a day ahead of his nation's World Cup opener against Poland.

Africa's best performance at the World Cup has been to reach the quarterfinals, accomplished by Cameroon in 1990, Ghana in 2010 - and Senegal in 2002, when Cissé was captain of the national team.

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Cisse however agrees that after five defeats in the six games featuring African teams, the hunt for glory could take some time.

With their surprise win against Colombia on Tuesday, the Japanese soccer team won their first World Cup game since 2010. "Why I support Japan".

Senegal pulled off an upset against Poland, winning an important Group H match.

According to a translation of the video, the Colombian man filming the Japanese fans can be heard praising the nation's culture and scolding his own people for not following their example.

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Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC that the Asian country's fans regularly tidy up after their domestic matches, and is a behaviour embedded in their culture.

"With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviors become habits for much of the population", he explained.

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Poland: Szczesny, Piszczek , Pazdan , Cionek, Rybus , Krychowiak, Zielinski, Blaszczykowski , Milik , Grosicki , Lewandowski. Poland and Senegal reasonably expect to advance out of Group H , making this first game monumentally important.


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