Syli Nationale of Guinea – the Super Eagles’ Group B Foes at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations are radiating with high spirit following massive financial and morale support from countrymen, urging the team to go all the way and win their first ever AFCON title in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.
The Support Committee set up for the welfare of Syli Nationale before and during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt continued its fundraiser campaign on Friday with the nation’s well-meaning people, corporate and ministerial departments donating money for their national team, according to reports.
Syli Nationale are making their 12th AFCON appearance in the 32nd edition in Egypt. They qualified in style without losing any match in the Group H, and Guineans believe the team will make them proud in Egypt.
The Syli Nationale handled by Belgian coach, Paul Put, will face Madagascar in their first Group B match of AFCON 2019 on June 22 in Alexandria. Their second match is against three-time champions Nigeria on June 26 at the same venue. Their last group match against Burundi is on June 30 at Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
The Ministries in charge of Economy and Finance, investments and public-private partnerships, the SOBRAGUI, the private higher education chamber, MTN Guinea dpnated 40 million fg (about $4,300), 15 million fg (about $1,600), 20 million fg (about $2,150), 30 million fg (about $3,200) and 50 million fg (about $5,300) respectively.
While welcoming the members of the committee, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mamadi Camara said that for some time, the people of Guinea have been in a national fervor ahead of their team’s participation at AFCON 2019.
“This enthusiasm that we see around the Syli Nationale will multiply the efforts and determination of our boys for victory in Cairo. We have very talented young people and among them, some play for the biggest clubs in Europe,” Camara said.
“And their performance in the qualifiers, until this final stage, in my opinion, is sufficiently eloquent because the team did not suffered any defeat (in the qualifiers). I am convinced that this trend will continue until the final … ”
On the same day, the administrative region of Mamou and ANAIM respectively gave 30 million fg (about $3200) and 200 million fg (about $21,500) to the national team.
Former Minister of Economy and leader of the Pades Dr. Ousmane Kaba on Wednesday donated 60 million Guinean francs (about $6,400) as his support and that of his party to the Syli Nationale for qualifying for CAN 2019 in Egypt.
The rainbow RPG (in power) had given 25 million fg, Cellou Dalein Diallo’s UFDG 15 million and Sidya Touré’s UFR 5 million.
The Guineans left their Marrakech Morocco training camp on Friday for Alexandria Egypt. They lost their two pre-AFCON friendlies; 1-0 to Gambia on June 7 and 1-0 to Benin Republic on June 11. They will face Pharaohs of Egypt in their last pre-AFCON friendly on Sunday, June 16, at the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will also round off their pre-AFCON training camp in Ismailia with a friendly against the Teranga Lions of Senegal on Sunday, June 16.