Guinea U-20 men’s national football team coach Mandjou Diallo says he expects a tough game but was not under any pressure than the hosts Zambia in the 2017 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament’s opening match between the two sides at the Heroes National Stadium on Sunday, February 26.
The match between Zambia and Guinea is scheduled to start at 15h00 CAT.
Speaking to the media in a pre-match press conference at the National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, Diallo said Zambia had a very good team and that playing them as hosts would be tough.
The Junior Sylli coach dismissed any suggestions of his team being the weakest in Group A which also contained Egypt and Mali.
Diallo added that it was not by chance that his team made it to Zambia.
“I cannot say we are under pressure; all four teams in Group A are under some kind of pressure because only two top placed teams will qualify to the semi-finals,” Diallo said.
“If you look at the way we qualified for this tournament, we defeated very strong teams; Liberia, Ivory Coast and Gambia are very strong teams and as we play Zambia tomorrow we are aware that we are playing in a group where only the top two teams will qualify to the semi-finals. Winning every match is very important for all teams. In that sense all teams are under pressure to deliver.”
Guinea started their qualification for the junior Afcon with a 3-1 win over in the first round and overcame Ivory Coast on away goals in the second round following a 2-2 draw over two legs before defeating Gambia 2-1 in the third round.
The Junior Sylli arrived in Zambia on Wednesday and have been training at the Barclays Sports Complex. They had a feel of the playing surface at the National Heroes Stadium on Saturday.