Cisse Hopes Dashed

28 July 2012 12:40
Senegal striker Papiss Cisse has admitted his disappointment at missing out on hopes of winning an Olympic medal.

The 27-year-old was wanted by his country as one of their overage players for the football tournament, which they kicked off with a 1-1 draw against hosts Great Britain at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

However Alan Pardew said Newcastle could not afford to lose the player.

Papiss Cisse: "It was difficult. I wanted to play, but I had a discussion with the manager as soon as I got back.

"I wanted to play for my country, as representing Senegal is very important to me, but the manager said it was best that I rested.

"He said it was better for me, and I understood his decision.

"God willing, I will score a lot more goals this season. I scored 30 goals last season, but I don't set targets for the next season.

"Maybe I will score 30 again - I don't know."


World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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