Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The World Cup in Guinea

Guineans love football. They play it all the time, in the streets, on rocky fields, even without shoes. It should come as no surprise then that World Cup mania has been sweeping over Guinea for the last several weeks. In African solidarity, Guineans tend to heartily support the five African teams that qualified for the tournament, but of course there's no shortage of love for Ronaldo and Messi. On the whole, Guineans seem ambivalent about supporting the French squad: some do, some don't. In any event, inch'Allah, in 2018 Guineans won't have to worry about that, as the national team, Le Syli, is improving. Le Syli failed to qualify for the tournament this time around, losing a touch match to Egypt in the qualifier, but they came in a respectable second in their qualifying group.