Congo team is an unknown quantity for coach

2014-01-13 09:28

Don’t feel alone if you don’t know the Republic of Congo team in the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan). Their tournament coach, Sébastien Migné, doesn’t either.

“I’m almost like you,” the Frenchman says with a laugh. “This is because we arrived in the DRC one week ago and discovered the players last week. It will not be easy, but we start the competition with ambition because we are trying to show a good picture about Congolese football.”

Migné has played right-hand man to much-travelled Frenchman, Claude Le Roy, in the past six years with their voyages taking them to Oman, Syria, Ghana and recently, the DRC.

The duo has also been in charge of the team from the Republic of Congo – the Red Devils – for a month now as the players prepare for their first Chan experience.

Migné has a good rapport with young African players having led the DRC Under-20 team to a first continental participation when they progressed to last year’s Caf African Under-20 Championship in Algeria.

The bigger picture in their South Africa stay is giving the baby Red Devils valuable major tournament experience and creating a player pool in their target of qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.

The Republic of Congo will play their first-ever Chan match when they face Ghana at the Free State Stadium tonight in a Group C tie. They hope to stamp their mark in the group that contains Ethiopia and Libya.

“We will start getting the answers about this team when we play our first game against them and obviously, when you are in a tournament, the aim is to win. Ours is to try and get into the quarterfinals of the competition – that is the target for us,” Migné said.

“Ghana is a big name and then you have Ethiopia and Libya, who have almost the first national teams because they don’t have too many players playing overseas. I’m confident with my first 11. We’ll see, but the aim is to build a team that will qualify them for Morocco.”

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