"We know Africa supports us", goalscorer Niang said. We fully trust our football, we have no hang-ups.
Day six of the World Cup threw up plenty of highlights. I think that things have developed but it's more complicated in our continent - we have realities that are not evident in other continents. "We face realities that are not there in other continents", he said, referring to infrastructure, budget and organisational problems.
Finally, Russia all but sealed their place in the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Egypt in their second game of Group A. The defeat makes qualification to the knock-out stages virtually impossible for the North African side. Tunisia also lost their opening tie to England, falling to a stoppage time Harry Kane victor.
Former Portsmouth midfielder Cisse, 42, believes "it's a bit too early to say" why African sides have had a hard start to the tournament. "We fully trust our football, we have no hang-ups", Cisse added.
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It is the only way we know how to play. "With all respect, I think in the first half of the match that we were the superior team". Whether it was down to a distracting pre-World Cup scandal or the result of an average season at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil was woeful.
Sixteen years later, the 42-year-old guided his team to another opening win, against Poland, in only their second World Cup participation ever.
The second half was all Japan, however, and in the 73rd minute Yuya Osako headed home a Honda corner to secure his team a historic win and only their fifth victory in World Cup history. "That period was like, "yes, it's coming".
This year in Russian Federation, the bags came back, and the world took notice.
Do you think any of the African teams in Russian Federation will make it out of their formidable groups into the round of 16?