Djiboiti dreams of first AFCON qualification
Djiboiti dreams of first AFCON qualification
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Djiboiti dreams of first AFCON qualification

Djibouti national team is hoping to use the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches as a preparation for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign

Djibouti was knocked out of the AFCON 2021 qualifying matches in the preliminary round. 

The Djiboutian Football Federation has hired a young French coach Julien Mette to help build a strong team that will be able to put up a strong campaign on the continent. 

The fruits and effects of Mette are already visible as Djibouti knocked Rwanda out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He guided the team to their first-ever group stage participation in the qualifiers. 

In an interview with Radio Algeria International, Mette says his main objective is to help Djibouti qualify for AFCON in 2023. 

Philosophy and identity

"We are going to use these six games to prepare for the African Cups of Nations in 2023 and 2025 qualifiers, " he revealed.

Mette says to achieve this, he needs to plan and develop a philosophy for Djiboutian football. 

“We will try to establish our philosophy and identity during these games. We will teach players to be proactive, defensively and offensively. We must take initiative and be intense rather than stay behind in an attempt to avoid a defeat, ”he concluded.

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