“we know that derbies are won on the pitch”

In the frantic race to qualify for the World Cup, the coach of the Mauritanian selection, Amir Abdou, reveals his strategy in the face of major challenges. After confrontations with football giants like Morocco and Mali, he underlines the importance of these meetings as references to prepare for the long-awaited derby against Senegal on the 4th day.

We faced Morocco, a team ranked 10th in the world, as well as Mali, who reached an advanced stage in the last Africa Cup of Nations. These calibers should not be underestimated. We played with our means, our resources. Playing in front of 55,000 spectators in Morocco, at home, and producing such a match, while they thought it was a simple exhibition, our players showed a lot of aggression and will to win. I found that my team was able to concentrate in these kinds of matches, and for me, these are references for the Senegal national team,” said Amir Abdou, quoted by wiwsport.

In this race, the Mourabitouns, ranked 5th with 1 point, will first welcome Sudan, runner-up to Senegal with the same number of points (4). An important match according to the Franco-Comorian technician who insists on the need to concentrate first on this meeting. “ We have already met several times with the staff to analyze our opponents. We must not underestimate Sudan, who started well with two good results against Togo and Congo, and who will be our first opponent. If we are not ready against Sudan, we could approach the match against Senegal with trepidation. This match will be important and decisive to play well against Senegal. We have worked hard in preparation for the match against Sudan, and we will also have time to prepare against Senegal. »

But it is the derby against Senegal, scheduled for June 9, which attracts all the attention. A clash where honor and national pride will be at stake, where the Mourabitounes will have to draw on their resources to compete with one of the most formidable nations on the continent. “We all know that Senegal is a great nation, and it will be a benchmark match like the ones we played against Morocco and Algeria. We can be a match for this adversary. We know it will be a derby, and derbies are won on the pitch, it’s a question of balance of power,” warned the coach.




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