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Last Updated: Friday, 3 October, 2003, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Dussuyer: Man on a mission
By James Copnall

Guinea's French coach Michel Dussuyer
Dussuyer is planning for the future

Guinea are delighted to be back in the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1998.

But national team manager Michel Dussuyer, tasked with the responsibility of leading the Syli National to a respectable performance in Tunisia, insists there is a bigger task facing the country.

They host Mozambique in the first leg of the preliminary 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier on 12 October and the French trainer believes the game will be critical for the development of Guinean football.

"I consider this match to be of real importance.

"It will really determine how we can progress, because if we are knocked out we will not have a competitive game for over two years."

Dussuyer is convinced the Mozambicans will provide a stern challenge for his players.

"Mozambique is a robust team and quite difficult to push about, which is a huge advantage for them, especially when they are at home for the second leg."

Balde plays for Scottish clubside Celtic
Bobo Balde is a key player for Guinea

Nevertheless, Dussuyer is aware that the two games against Mozambique will also serve as competitive warm-up matches for Tunisia 2004.

The Syli National will base their Nations Cup training camp in the south of France from 10 January before departing for Tunisia.

Dussuyer, not given to making lofty promises, is approaching the Nations Cup with moderate optimism.

"Our objective is to qualify for the second round, probably behind Tunisia who will be very difficult to beat at home.

"Our main adversary for that second place will probably be Congo, and that is why our first match against them is so important," Dussuyer said.

But it is no more important than their make-or-break tie against Mozambique, which could play a key role in Dussuyer's future with Guinea.


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