Guinea are absent from the seventh edition of the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship, CHAN, in Algeria but their amazing run in 2021 in Cameroon remains a source of inspiration.
Senegal eliminated Guinea in the running to the 2022 event happening now in Algeria and won the opener against Ivory Coast.
The Teranga Lions dare into the territory of dreaming of obtaining back-to-back wins this Wednesday against Uganda in the second group B fixture which Thiaw believes will be difficult but they are inspired by Guinea’s past.
”Guinea finished third in the last CHAN and it is a motivation for us.
“Uganda has an ambitious team. They are aggressive especially on the set pieces and second balls. We are expecting a difficult battle against Uganda and are prepared for it. We are outsiders. We accept and work to change the situation,” Thiaw during pre-match press conference.
Both sides are still in with a chance to make it to quarter final of the tournament this time around especially if they pick up a win in their second outing.
Thiaw who masterminded the return of Senegal to the CHAN for the first time since 2011 have a full complement of players for the game despite echoes earlier about an injury to a key midfielder earlier on.
“Djibril Diarra lost a tooth and we have replaced it. He needs to rest. He will train today. Other players in the squad are lively and fit”.
Pape also thank his country’s FA led by Augustine Senghor for the efforts to make the country’s football great again.
“We must thank the Senegalese Football Federation for good preparations prior to the tournament. We are performing well because of the preparations we had,” Thiaw capped it.
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