10 January, 2020 - 16:36

Guinea hope to make next step with Six

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Guinea have never played at the World Cup, and their goal is to qualify for the tournament in Qatar in 2022. But before that, the West African nation aims at reaching the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) for the second straight time, and 2020 will be the time for decisive qualifiers.

In the recent decade, Guinea have never managed to play two CAN in a row. While the team featured at 2012, 2015 and 2019 editions, they failed to make the qualification in 2010, 2013 and 2017. In 2019, the team reached the round of 16, but will they book a ticket to Cameroon 2021? You can try to make your bet on that, and nigerian football prediction tips will help you to get a better knowledge of the African football.

Before the start of their qualifying campaign in autumn, Guinea changed a coach. The Belgian Paul Put was sacked and given a lifetime ban from the Guinean football for “breaking the national federation’s code of ethics and its code of discipline”. He was replaced by the Frenchman Didier Six, who is a well-known person in the football world.

The 65-year-old Six was a French international forward back in the 1970s and 80s. With Michel Platini and other teammates, he won EURO 1984 and took part in two World Cups, in 1978 and 1982. Actually he was one of the two players (together with Maxime Bossis) who missed a post-match penalty during the historic semi-final in 1982, which stopped France from reaching the final. At the time when French footballers rarely left their homeland, he had a lot of adventures, playing in Germany, England, Belgium and Turkey. In Turkey, he even took a local citizenship together with the new name Dundar Siz to avoid a limit on foreign players.

Six had a reputation of a capricious and hot-tempered person, which probably forced him to change clubs unusually often for his time. But following his retirement, he kept a low profile for a long time. Despite a desire to work as a coach, the Frenchman got his first chance only at the age of 57. In 2011, he took over at the national team of Togo, whom he led to the CAN quarter-final two years later.

In 2015, Six also coached Mauritius for a few months, but that spell ended in a scandal after he was suspended for an unacceptable behaviour during the COSAFA Cup. During a match with Namibia, he was given a red card for arguing with officials and accusing them of conspiracy throughout the whole game. Soon after that, he was fired and had been out of a job for four years before accepting a Guinea job last year.

If you want to attend a big tournament like CAN as a tourist, you need a lot of money, and casino-bonus.com offers you a chance to win it. However, the national team of Guinea have to earn their ticket on the pitch. Six’s team started the CAN qualification reasonably well, claiming four points from two games as they beat Namibia 2-0 and split points with Mali, 2-2. Guinea’s squad includes some well-known names, such as Naby Keita from Liverpool, Francois Kamano from Bordeaux or Issiaga Sylla from Toulouse. The potential is certainly there, but 2020 will determine whether the National Elefants (this is their nickname) will secure a place in the Africa’s biggest national team tournament. And then the World Cup 2022 is already on the horizon.

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Author: Nick Theng

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