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Tuesday, 20th August, 2019
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AFCON will not be very easy for Guinea - Paul Puts
May 15, 2019
Source: Oyedokun Ibukun S.

The National Elephants are optimistic on their performance in their continental showpiece scheduled to begin on June 21 in Egypt.

Coach Paul Put has maintained that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will not be an easy one for Guinea, as they chase a first continental title ever.

Together with the National Elephants in Group B are Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi for their 12th appearance in the biennial tournament.

Six years ago, the Put’s influence on Burkina Faso took them to their first Afcon final against the Super Eagles in South Africa, but the Stallions bowed out after a 1-0 defeat.

Guinea’s best outing in the continental showpiece was in 1976 when they ended as runners-up, but the Belgian tactician hopes that his versatile experience will foster the National Elephants to navigate ahead the group stage.

He stated this at Caf Website: “I believe in our chances, but we need to work very hard for it. It will not be easy for us.

 “We have Nigeria, a strong opponent and I have good memories against them from 2013 with Burkina Faso. I hope I can make the same experience with Guinea this time around.

“Madagascar and Burundi are seen as outsiders but it is never easy playing against outsiders. It will be very difficult to play against them but I hope we can get out of this group. It is not easy and maybe we will have to play until the last day of the group.”

Guinea will begin their campaign in Egypt with a fixture against Madagascar at the Alexandria Stadium on June 22 before taking on Nigeria and Burundi on June 26 and 30 respectively.

After missing the 2017 edition in Gabon, the 62-year-old influenced the West African country back to the foremost football competition in the continent with an unblemished record of three wins and three draws from six qualifying matches.

Put celebrated in the feat as they finished their qualification campaign as Group H winners ahead of Cote d'Ivoire.

“It was a very tough qualification process but I was very pleased to help the team get back to the Africa Cup of Nations. There was so much support from every stakeholder because it was important for them to qualify,” he added.

He dissolved that it will be a commendable effort if they should continue having the good impression all through the finals.

He said in his word: “Now we need to make a good impression. It would be something great if we went all the way to the final but we will take one match at a time. Now we need to prepare well and ensure we have the best team.”

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