Pape Abou Cissé

Pape Abou Cissé (born 14 September 1995) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Süper Lig club Adana Demirspor and the Senegal national team. He began his career in Senegal with AS Pikine and then played for French Ligue 2 club Ajaccio.

Club career

Early career

A youth international for Senegal, he is a youth product of AS Pikine.[2] After a trial, Cissé joined Ajaccio in early 2015 as a trainee professional.[3] He made his professional debut in a Ligue 2 draw against Valenciennes in April 2015, playing the entire game.[4] He went on to make 71 appearances in the French second tier.[5]

Olympiacos

In 2017, he joined Olympiacos as a pre-contract signing.[citation needed] On 14 October 2017, he scored his first goal with Olympiacos, after an assist from Kostas Fortounis in a 4–3 away win against Panionios.[6] Benfica were reportedly interested in signing the player in the January 2018 transfer window.[7]

Cissé scored an injury-time equaliser for Olympiacos against Panathiniakos in the first derby of the 2018–19 Superleague Greece season.[8] He was included in UEFA‘s Europa League Breakthrough Team for 2018: the citation described him as having a « towering presence in the Olympiacos back line, allied to deceptive pace and a great awareness [and] also a threat from set pieces. »[9]

On 12 February 2020, Cissé scored a quick-fire double to quash Lamia‘s stubborn challenge and secure Olympiacos’ qualification to the Greek Cup semi-finals, in a thrilling 3–2 home win game.[10] Later that month, on 27 February, he scored with a stooping header from a corner-kick, when French international Mathieu Valbuena curling over a dangerous delivery into the heart of the Arsenal‘s penalty area in a glorious 2–1 away win in London for the Europa League round of 32, 2nd leg.[11] He has been included in the Europa League Team of the Week.[12]

Loan to Saint-Étienne

On 30 January 2021, Senegalese international defender Cissé was loaned out to Saint-Étienne with an option to buy. The former player of AS Pikine has the opportunity to bounce back in a historic French club which can keep him against €13 million.[13]

Return to Olympiacos

On 19 August 2021, Cissé scored a goal against Slovan Bratislava, sealing a 3–0 home win in the Europa League playoffs, 1st leg.[14] On 4 December 2021, with two goals by Cissé, Olympiacos defeated OFI at the Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, sealing a vital away win in his club’s effort to win the championship.[15] On 12 December 2021, he was the only scorer after Rony Lopes‘s assist in a 1–0 home win game against Aris.[16]

Adana Demirspor

On 15 September 2023, Cissé joined Turkish Süper Lig club Adana Demirspor.[17]

International career

Cissé represented the Senegal U20s at the 2015 African U-20 Championship in 2015.[18]

On 24 August 2018, he received his first senior call-up, for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Madagascar on 9 September 2018.[19] He made his senior debut on 13 October 2018, in another qualifier at home to Sudan, and scored the only goal of the match.[20] Cissé’s performances in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, after replacing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly who had tested positive for coronavirus, in the Lions of Teranga’s first two Afcon matches against Zimbabwe and Guinea attracted the interest of many European clubs.[21]

He was appointed a Grand Officer of the National Order of the Lion by President of Senegal Macky Sall following the nation’s victory at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.[22]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 5 April 2023[5][23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajaccio 2014–15 Ligue 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2015–16 Ligue 2 32 0 1 0 2 0 35 0
2016–17 Ligue 2 30 1 0 0 1 0 31 1
Total 71 1 1 0 3 0 75 1
Olympiacos 2017–18 Super League Greece 17 4 4 0 0 0 21 4
2018–19 Super League Greece 19 1 2 0 8[a] 1 29 2
2019–20 Super League Greece 13 0 6 2 4 1 23 3
2020–21 Super League Greece 12 0 1 1 6 0 19 1
2021–22 Super League Greece 25 5 2 0 13 1 40 6
2022–23 Super League Greece 6 0 3 1 10 0 19 1
Total 92 10 18 4 41 3 151 17
Saint-Étienne (Ioan) 2020–21 Ligue 1 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 177 11 20 4 3 0 41 3 241 18

International

As of matches played on 2 February 2022[20]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Senegal 2018 2 1
2019 1 0
2020 1 0
2021 2 0
2022 3 0
Total 9 1
Scores and results list Senegal’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Cissé goal.
List of international goals scored by Pape Abou Cissé[20]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2018 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal  Sudan 1–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


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