Guinea have said they are relieved they will play Saturday’s AFCON quarterfinal against Ghana after they proved luckier than Mali in the drawing of lots on Thursday.
Both West African teams finished equal on points and goals difference after they played out a 1-1 in Mongomo on Wednesday and it need a draw of lots to determine the team to advance to the last-eight.
Guinea skipper Kamil Zayatte said they prayed before the draw and believed God heard their prayers.
“We were waiting for it but we didn’t believe in it. We already struggled so much during the qualifiers. And here, capsule treat http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php we hold Côte d’Ivoire, more about http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/unzip.php Cameroon and Mali and we are told that it will all be down to a draw of lots,” Zayette recalled.
“Before the outcome, we all prayed together and I believe God hear us. God didn’t let us down, he has always been with us and he showed it today.”
Guinea defender Baissama Sankoh said it was crucial for his country to stay on in this competition despite the Ebola Virus Disease that has ravaged their country for more than a year.
“I am happy we made it through. It was important to show all the African teams that we are here, that Guinea are here despite Ebola,” he said.
“We always fought and today it is for the Guinean people that we qualify.
“It has been a short night. We didn’t sleep a lot. We thought about the qualification, we thought about the draw of lots and it was not easy at all.
“Thanks to God, we qualified for the next round. We need to be very focused against Ghana.”
2015 All Africa Games qualifiers
1st Round: 1st Leg: Mozambique Vs Uganda (February20 – 22)
Return leg: Uganda Vs Mozambique (March 6 – 8)
2nd Round: March – April 2015 : Winner between Uganda/Mozambique Vs Ghana.
Aging football tactician Frank ‘Video’ Anyau will halt popping the champagne bottles upon being elevated to U-23 national coach after Fufa termed as ‘misleading media reports regarding the coaching staff’ of the team.
“It is not true as reported in various media houses that the federation announced Frank Anyau and Phillip Obwiny as assistants to Head coach Milutin Sredojevic for the U-23 side, visit this site http://communique-de-presse-gratuit.com/wp-content/plugins/imagemanager/assets/manager_js.php ” part of a communication from Mengo seen by ChimpReports says.
Anyau, more about http://courtneybarnett.com.au/wp-admin/includes/image.php who has been an assistant with the Uganda Cranes and head coach of the U-20 Hippos before, was appointed U-23 head coach on Wednesday nonetheless.
“George Semwogerere (Somalia Football team) and Abdallah Mubiru (KCC FC) are still part of the U-23 coaching staff but will be engaged at the same time when the National team is preparing for the matches against Mozambique,” Fufa continues to reveal.
Up to 10 coaches who are currently taking part in the Caf license A coaching course at Njeru are expected to join Cranes coach Micho who will select the final list.
“FUFA Executive had stayed their decision regarding changes for various national teams until after the coaching courses in Njeru are concluded with the federation being in position to further information on this matter.”
Meanwhile the training session of the U-23 team starts tomorrow with half of the 100 players at Villa Park, Nsambya at 10am. Players were chosen from the Big League and Uganda Premier League (UPL) will take part in four sessions.
The team will then enter residential training on February 11 ahead of the first leg against Mozambique.