By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Guinea national football coach to the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon, Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura says the change of time from their first game might affect his team performance but irrespective of this, the gaffer is confident of a positive result when they trade tackles with the Chipolopolo of Zambia.
“My team is ready for the next game. The change in time might affect players but we have been training and putting tactics in place. We know that it’s going to be a tough game as we will impose our physical game on Zambia as much as we can.” Bangoura said this while reacting to questions from journalists during their pre-match press conference at Stade Omnisports, Limbe, on Tuesday.
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Guinea tops Group D after a comfortable 3-0 win over Namibia in their opening game.
A brace from Yakhouba Barry and a goal from Morlaye Sylla propelled Guinea to an opening day victory.
Their opening game was played at 8:00 pm local time, but they will have to face Zambia on Wednesday by 5:00 pm (an early start).
Coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura opined that his players are fit and he has a huge knowledge about Guinea football to be able to pick the right players for the game against Zambia.
He said: “Kante (who suffered from food poisoning) is okay now, the two other players are also okay but not sure if they will play. I won’t expose my game plan. Offensively, I am ready for the next challenge.
“No coach can ever do a perfect selection or line up. I understand Guinean football very well. I focus on players’ mental, physical, and tactical abilities during selection.
We need to respect coaches’ choice because I train them on daily basis and know their abilities.” Bangoura concluded.
Guinea opponent, Zambia also won their first game with goals from Collins Sikombe and Emmanuel Chabula helping them to a 2-0 win over Tanzania.
Guinea and Zambia will play the top of the table clash knowing fully well that a win for either side will all but guarantee a spot in the quarter-final.
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