July 7, 2022

Simakan, Guirassy, ​​Mara … the list of binationals that Diawara wants to convince

Kaba Diawara explained on Tuesday to RMC Sport that he hoped to convince some binational players to play with Guinea. The new Guinean coach has notably targeted several hopes of Ligue 1 or former members of the French championship.

Formed the Masia and promised a bright future for Barça, Illaix Moriba chose to join Leipzig during the last summer transfer window. At the same time, the 18-year-old midfielder opted for the Guinean side rather than waiting for a possible selection with Luis Enrique’s Spain. A nice blow for the African team. Replacing Didier Six at the head of Guinea, Kaba Diawara detailed for RMC Sport its policy vis-à-vis binational players. The 46-year-old technician hopes to convince several regulars in Ligue 1 to join his group.

“We are starting (to try to convince the binationals), yes. As soon as I was confirmed, I went on an adventure to see some profiles. We started the groundwork, we risk soon to have boys who will join us, confirmed the former striker of PSG or OM. This is why I hope that the CAN will go well, to show them. It’s a complicated job, it you need a speech, an attitude to make people understand that interests are shared. “

Diawara: “What I tell them is not from the flank”

Like Ilaix Moriba, whose choice he relishes, Kaba Diawara clarified that he had already contacted some potential selectables. After a first telephone exchange “to then agree on an appointment”, the new coach of Guinea will have to find the words that will hit the mark.

“I was the first binational in the 2000s and what I experienced at the time, they will not have to know. Without taking themselves for what we are not, what we are proposing today ‘hui, it’s really not bad, chained Kaba Diawara. They must not be afraid of the engagement but to realize that all I tell them is not flank ‘they are coming.”

Diawara thinks of “about twenty names” including Simakan and Guirassy

Anxious to strengthen his team with all the binational players who would really like to get involved, Kaba Diawara confirmed having targeted certain players in Ligue 1. In particular Rennais Serhou Guirassy. Passed by several tricolor selections among young people, the 25-year-old striker could be tempted by the Guinean adventure, the country of origin of his parents. “This is progressing because it is not closed, as for others, without betraying a secret,” said the African technician.

Serhou Guirassy with Rennes
Serhou Guirassy with Rennes © Icon Sport

Other confirmed or promising players who have passed through the elite of French football are also among Kaba Diawara’s targets in the future.

“I have about twenty names, yes. Simakan from Leipzig, Diakhaby from Valence, Touré from Genoa or Baldé (Le Havre), Traoré or Mara (Bordeaux) for the younger ones. have recently been interviewed, concluded the Guinean coach. They will look at what we do during the CAN, it’s up to us to be good. “