Seychelles happier with underdog tag
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