Sey­chelles hap­pier with un­der­dog tag

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Mark Glee­son

Sey­chelles coach Gavin Jeanne says his play­ers en­joy be­ing the un­der­dogs and he 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 in Septem­ber in their pre­vi­ous qual­i­fier.

“No‚ we can­not worry about their last game. Satur­day is a new game. The last game they played was some time ago [one month] and so it has noth­ing to do with this one‚” 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 [it] 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 to win.

“It’s all about try­ing to win the game in our own way and that’s what we are think­ing about.

“We know it will be a tough game. 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.

“We are a very small coun­try with lim­ited re­sources‚ a lim­ited num­ber of play­ers. For us, with the num­ber of play­ers, we have to field our strongest team all the time‚” Jeanne said.

“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.”

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

“There are also a few small knocks that we are work­ing on, but I think the play­ers are in good shape for the match.”

Jeanne said he was not con­cerned about the al­ti­tude fac­tor in Jo­han­nes­burg. “We can man­age with the al­ti­tude‚” he said.

“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.”

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 [it] across in our own way Gavin Jeanne SEY­CHELLES COACH

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.