By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
Guinea national team coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura says the change in time from their first game might affect his team performance.
Guinea will play against Zambia in the first Group D game on Saturday, January 23, three hours earlier than the kick-off time for their opening group game against Namibia.
Bangoura however, remains confident that his side can pick up a positive result as they seek to secure progress to the quarter-finals of the 2020 African Nations Championships.
“My team is ready for the next game,” Bangoura told media in his pre-match press conference, before adding; “The change in time might affect players but we have been training and putting tactics in place.”
We know that it’s going to be a tough game as we will impose our physical game on Zambia as much as we can,” he added.
Guinea tops Group D after a comfortable 3-0 win over Namibia in their opening game. A brace from Yakhouba Barry and a goal from Morlaye Sylla propelled Guinea to an opening day victory.
Bangoura took a swipe at those who questioned his team selection, saying that he is well versed with not only Guinean football but also is aware of the different attributes of every member of his squad.
The coach also provided an update on midfielder Mory Kante who missed the game against Namibia after suffering food poisoning hours to the game.
“No coach can ever do a perfect selection or line up. I understand Guinean football very well. I focus on players’ mental, physical, and tactical abilities during selection.” he added.
“We need to respect coaches’ choice because I train them on daily basis and know their abilities.”
“Kante (who suffered from food poisoning) is okay now, the two other players are also okay but not sure if they will play. I won’t expose my game plan. Offensively, I am ready for the next challenge.”
Guinea opponents Zambia also won their first game with goals from Collins Sikombe and Emmanuel Chabula helping them to a 2-0 win over Tanzania.
Guinea and Zambia will play the top of the table clash knowing fully well that a win for either side will all but guarantee a spot in the quarter-final.
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