Pierre Mfoumbi (Head Coach, Gabon)
We did well to prepare this team and we had a training tour of Morocco and we are ready to do our best in this competition.Our first objective is to win our first match and that would give us the opportunity to consolidate in the next matches in order to play in the World Cup because we have not had the opportunity to play at that level before. Although, we don’t have an idea about the Guinean team and the only experience for these boys was the test match against Tanzania but we would be ready for Guinea on Sunday. Of course, we know that the senior team did not do well at the last AFCON, this is an opportunity for us to do better than the senior team and it would be a big motivation for them to play in front of the home fans who will be at the stadium to support us.
Brunel Ilagou Ilagou (Goalkeeper & Captain, Gabon)
Our team is in good condition and playing at home give us the chance to satisfy ourselves and everything is good. Our objective is to qualify for the World Cup and we are determined to achieve that objective.
Camara Souleymane (Head Coach, Guinea)
We did well the last time by reaching the last four and even placing third but we are determined to go all the way this time to reach the final and win the trophy. We have no pressure at all since there was time dedicated for our preparation; we are in a great spirit and we are raring to go. Our country have not won any continental trophy before and it’s my objective to be the first coach to do that to the glory of our country.We don’t have an idea about Gabon but we did well against Senegal and Morocco as good training teams but we are optimistic because we have impressed it on the players to have fighting spirit and never to underrate any opponent if we are to do well in this competition.
Sekou Camara (Midfielder & Captain, Guinea)
We are well prepared for this competition and we have excellent spirit. Though we are far away from home now, we are not distracted because we have the mind of playing against other players of the same age bracket with us, so we are focussed about the assignment at hand.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football