Senegal's president, Macky Sall arrived in Russian Federation on Monday, where he is to among other things take on the role of cheerleader in chief for the national side that take on Poland in a Group H game at the World Cup on Tuesday.
"OK, it's important to get off to a good start but the second and third matches are important as well, so hopefully Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria will step up".
An own goal by Thiago Cionek in the 37th minute put Senegal 1-0 up before Mbaye Niang capitalised on a poor back pass to double his side's lead.
Krychowiak needlessly hooked a high ball back toward his own goal from inside the Senegal half and with Szczesny attempting to intercept by coming out of his penalty area, Niang gleefully knocked the ball into an unguarded goal.
The Senegalese defence led by Kalidou Koulibaly did a yeo man's job in silencing Robert Lewandowski.
But while their two goals carried more than an element of fortune, Senegal were much the better side, looking controlled in midfield and more dynamic in attack, and that's what appeared to irk the Bayern Munich forward the most. The goalkeeper doesn't know whether to come or not, he eventually decides to but doesn't reach it and Niang races in and taps it into an empty net.
"I don't know if you get an award for that, Jon, but it's something Federation Internationale de Football Association should look into", he said with full sincerity. However, replays showed he was invited back onto the pitch by the referee from an injury stoppage just moments before bursting clear to score.
"You saw a very solid, very compact Senegal team".
"He is a unique player and he can not be compared to any other Senegal player, even the major ones we've had in the past", said Cisse. We made too many mistakes and of course when we make stupid mistakes, we become nervous. The Senegal midfielder passed to Idrissa Gueye, who sent a right-foot shot from the arc toward Wojciech Szczesny's far post.
Their two goals may have been fortunate but Senegal were worthy winners of an entertaining encounter.
Despite Krychowiak's late reply, Poland never really looked like snatching a point and must now pick themselves up for the match against Colombia on Sunday.
"We did do better in the second half - but not enough".
The Teranga Lions got Africa's first points of this summer's tournament on the board, and will take encouragement from a display that showcased their speed, directness, physicality and offensive cohesion. "We weren't dynamic or co-ordinated".