Paris FC captain, Ousmane Kanté is in Cameroon to play CAN 2022 with Guinea. In the middle of the favorites, the defender of the “National Syli” intends to represent his country as it should.
What does it represent to play in a CAN?
It is an immense pride to represent my country in an international competition and a dream that I have always had in my career. Wearing the “Syli” jersey (the nickname of the Guinea selection, editor’s note) is a source of immense pride, we represent a whole country. We feel the enthusiasm as soon as we play. We feel that we are important. And it is a great responsibility that I am proud to carry.
What is the objective with the Sily during this CAN 2022?
Obviously the goal is to go as far as possible. We are competitors. Any self-respecting competitor wants to win and go the furthest. When you represent your country, there is even more pressure and passion. We know that there are nations that are much more favorite than us. But what is certain is that we will give everything in each match.
Any competitor who respects himself wants to win and go the furthest
You have a selection made up of very talented players but Guinea is struggling to find its rhythm. What is this due to?
I don’t know if we have any explanations. You have to find the right combination, the right chemistry. We lack a bit of offensive rigor. These are details we are working on and trying to correct before the start of the CAN.
Your only two losses in the qualifiers were against Morocco. For the rest, you only conceded draws.
It must be said that Morocco is a very solid team. It’s a nation that plays as a team, it’s quite square. We see that Vahid Halilhodzic knows what he wants to do with this team, there is a game project. They are not necessarily “top players” but a solid team. So beware of Morocco.
You have Kaba Diawara as coach, a former Guinean international. What does it bring you?
Kaba Diawara brings us his experience of football and major championships. He’s been on the staff for years. He knows the team and all the players. With him, we learn a lot and we evolve. It’s a good thing to have him in charge.
Monday January 10: Guinea-Malawi (5 p.m.)
Friday January 14: Senegal-Guinea (2 p.m.)
Tuesday January 18: Zimbabwe-Guinea (5 p.m.)