the rant of Didier Six

Didier Six is ​​an angry coach. This Wednesday, Guinea indeed receives Chad as part of the CAN 2021 qualifiers and the technician must do without a half-dozen players called up such as Amadou Diawara (AS Rome, coronavirus), Sory Kaba (Midtjylland, injured ), Mohamed Aly Camara (Young Boys Berne, injured) as well as Mickael Dyrestam (Sarpsborg) and José Martinez Kanté (Legia Warsaw), retained by their respective clubs. For the technician, FIFA did not sufficiently protect the selections in this context of health crisis.

«FIFA has given clubs the opportunity to say no. I would have liked that when we send the invitations to the clubs, FIFA gives them 24 to 48 hours to respond. FIFA asks us to submit the list of 23 players who will participate two weeks in advance. Put yourself in the shoes of a manager who only knows at the last minute whether his players will come or not», Lamented the French for the BBC. «The clubs are playing the game, but the position of giving the clubs the option of not releasing the players is not in the rules that the coaches would like to see, but they are there. There is nothing we can do about it. “

Beyond that aspect, Six also complains about the timing. “FIFA needs to consult coaches more when it comes to Africa. My players played on November 7, 8 and 9 and we have our match on the 11 against Chad. It would have been much more reasonable – because the international window goes until the 17th – to allow more time for players to travel and coaches to work“, Concluded the coach, who will have a group of 17 players from his initial list plus 7 local players called in as reinforcements and placed on the waiting list.

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