Souleymane Camara, coach of Guinea during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals
Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 11:00
Guinea U17 coach Souleymane Camara says they they are destined to make their mark at the upcoming U17 FIFA World Cup in India.
The youth global tournament is set to be staged in October this year, and the young coach has credited his players for their qualification.
Camara says they are ready to put their difficult past behind them as they look to put on a good show in India.
Guinea suffered an Ebola virus epidemic between 2014 and 2016, claiming the lives of 2,543 people and sending thousands others to hospital.
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During that time the country’s clubs and national team were forced to play their home games far away from home, but Camara is sure the team is ready to put all that behind them as they prepare to launch an onslaught in Asia.
“It’s the result of a lot of hard work. We made it despite the problems we had at the Africa Cup of Nations,” Camara told FIFA’s official website.
“I’m a young coach coming up against some very experienced operators, but that hasn’t stopped us from earning our place at the U-17 World Cup.
“There’s talent in Guinea and we also have training academies now. The president of the national FA is in the process of setting up a training centre that will open in six months’ time.
“Ebola caused us a lot of problems but we managed to rise to the challenge.
“The success we’ve had is down to the talent of the Guinean players, and it’s not for nothing that we’re known as ‘the Brazil of Africa’.”
The Young Syli Nationale will face Iran on October 07, meet Costa Rica three days later and wrap up their Group C stage campaign against Germany on October 13.