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Naby Keita: I want to make Guinea well known in the world after the Afcon

23:27 GMT+3 19/06/2019
Naby Keita of Guinea
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Captain Naby Keita has revealed that his ultimate goal is to make Guinea a renowned country in world football with his performances at national level and club level.

Keita will lead the Syli Nationale when the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) starts in Egypt on Friday, and he will be aiming to help them better their quarter-final exit in the 2015 edition.

Guinea are up against Madagascar, Nigeria and Burundi in Group B, and the 24-year-old believes that they stand a chance to progress to the next round.

"African football is full of surprises you can't underestimate any team, we have three good teams with us and we have to do our best to go out of this group," Keita told Goal.

"We are believing in our chances and abilities to perform well and show to the world that we can go far at the Afcon."

Ahead of his second appearance in Africa's foremost football showpiece, Keita highlighted the development of football in his country as they currently occupy 71st spot in the Fifa ranking released last Friday.

"Football in Guinea has improved a lot, like football across Africa, we are better now and have players in good clubs," he added.

"The players and I who were in 2015 have more responsibility to help new players to adapt and give them our experience to perform well."

"I hope I can make it, I can't stop at my level now, I have to do my best with my club and the national team to make Guinea well known in the world with my teammates of course," Keita continued.

"I always try to do my best in every game, in every training to take good steps in my career. I hope that I make people remember me and Guinea at the end of my career."

Guinea will begin their quest for their maiden Afcon title against Madagascar on Saturday.