French Coach Mette Keeps Promise As Djibouti Advance
Johannesburg, Sept 10 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Sep, 2019 ) :French coach Julien Mette kept a bold promise to Djibouti football officials by guiding the tiny Horn of Africa state into the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifying Tuesday.
The country, which had won only one of 13 previous qualifiers, forced a shock 0-0 away draw with eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) to win a first round tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Mette was hired by Djibouti recently after coaching two Congo Brazzaville clubs and told by the national football federation president to "stop the regular five and six goals defeats and restore dignity to Djiboutian football.
"All he wanted was to stop losing 5-0 and 6-0 and I said I would definitely bring him that dignity.
"Before signing, I looked around and liked what I saw -- the level of some of the players, the potential and the facilities.
"Djiboutian footballers like showing their skills, but they need to be more tactical, more disciplined and, most important of all, have personal ambitions." Eliminating eSwatini takes Djibouti into the second round, a six-round 40-nation group phase which kicks off in March.
It was a satisfactory start for Mozambique-born coach Luis Goncalves, who was appointed last month after his predecessor lasted just two matches, one of which was a victory.