Coach says Guinea players too nice

Guinea manager Robert Nouzaret says his players just can't say 'no'.

    Guinea players 'waste a lot of time' with fans when then should be resting, their coach says [AFP]

    "One day, when we were playing in Algeria, this guy came and said he was there on behalf of the sports minister to look after the players. I said 'no problem'. And he's been with us ever since."
    Nouzaret has plenty of experience in African football, having coached Ivory Coast from 1996-98 and again from 2002-04 before taking charge of Guinea in December 2006.
    Concentration, along with niceness, can also be a problem when it comes to drilling tactics into his men during training sessions.
    The former Montpellier coach was reminded of the gap between his team and the top European clubs sides during a training camp in Andalusia, Spain before these finals.
    "We were together with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. You should have seen the difference," Nouzaret said with a smile.
    "They had more staff than players. While we had one fitness coach, they had seven."
    Organisation complaints
    "And when the coach was talking, you could not see anyone move. When I was asking my players to do something, you had four players kicking the ball and three others fooling around."
    Though fond of his players, "they are really nice", Nouzaret did not spare the tournament organisers.
    "We had three days without a proper training pitch and one day without water at our hotel in Accra," he said.
    "Here it is more about the comfort of the organisers than about the players.
    "But they are the ones running the show."
    Otto Pfister, Cameroon coach, blasted Nations Cup organisers on Wednesday, saying his team had spent more time sitting and waiting than preparing for their games.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.