Coach Didier Six has stated that qualifying for the Fifa World Cup is the mission of Guinea.
While revealing that all stakeholders in the country are looking forward to seeing the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations’ runners-up break the age-long jinx as stated in his contract, he admitted that the task would not be easy.
“Qualifying for the World Cup is the dream of all Guineans, be it the fans, the players or the president of the football federation,” Six told Fifa website.
“When I accepted the job, he put reaching Qatar 2022 as a clause in my contract. That said, we’ll face strong opposition in our group and our task won’t be easy, especially now that even the continent’s lesser lights have developed and are no longer soft touches.”
When asked if any African team can reach the latter stages at Qatar 2022, the veteran tactician claimed that is not a near impossible task.
“Why not? There’s a lot of potential in Africa and there’s been a major transformation in terms of mentality,” the 66-year-old continued.
“In addition, there are so many African players based in Europe now. Algeria have an excellent squad, the same goes for Morocco, and we can’t forget about Egypt either.
“Now, they all must get over the idea that an African team can’t go beyond the quarter-finals, which Ghana most recently reached.
“There are many good teams such as Cote d'Ivoire, which were previously very strong but are now in the process of rebuilding.”