Sey­chelles ready to chal­lenge SA

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MARK GLEE­SON

Sey­chelles coach Gavin Jeanne says his play­ers en­joy be­ing the un­der­dogs and is confident of pro­vid­ing Bafana Bafana with a tough game when the two coun­tries meet in their Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier at Soccer City on Satur­day.

It is a David ver­sus Go­liath clash and Jeanne says: “We know that when­ever we play any team we are al­ways the un­der­dog. But we like be­ing the un­der­dog.

“We are in tough groups with Libya‚ Nige­ria and South Africa, but for us we only fo­cus on what we have to do.”

The coach‚ ap­pointed only in April and who de­buted in charge of the In­dian Ocean is­landers dur­ing the Cosafa Cup in Polok­wane in May‚ is not read­ing any­thing into Bafana’s poor 0-0 draw at home with Libya in Dur­ban last month in their pre­vi­ous qual­i­fier.

“No‚ we can­not worry about their last game. Satur­day is a new game‚” he said.

“For us‚ we are try­ing to re­build our team. This is why we’ve changed the squad around quite a lot. We are try­ing to bring our own phi­los­o­phy‚ try­ing to get across in our own way.

“We want to be a team that is dif­fi­cult for oth­ers to beat‚ and no mat­ter which team we play we want to try and win. It’s all about try­ing to win the game in our own way and that’s what we are think­ing about.

“South Africa are a very good team but we have our own brand and own way and we’ll try to get a re­sult out of it.”

Satur­day’s clash will be fol­lowed by a re­turn meet­ing in the is­land cap­i­tal Vic­to­ria on Tues­day.

“Af­ter Satur­day’s game we’ll eval­u­ate and see about Tues­day but there is no ques­tion about hold­ing some­thing back for the match where we have home ad­van­tage,” said Jeanne.

Sey­chelles are with­out the in­jured trio of cen­tre­back War­ren Meille‚ tall striker Karl Hall and mid­fielder Rachim Pa­day­achy.

“There are also a few small knocks that we are work­ing on here and there but I think the play­ers are in good shape for the match‚” their coach said.

Jeanne said he was not con­cerned about the al­ti­tude fac­tor in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“We were a lit­tle bit tired be­cause we had a long trip via Kenya to get here. But now we have some train­ing ses­sions un­der the belt we are com­pletely re­cov­ered,” he said.

South Africa are a very good team but we have our own brand and own way and we’ll try to get a re­sult out of it

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