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Congo boss Migne: I don't want to give false hope

2:55 PM GMT+4 31/08/2017
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The Red Devils manager says he is not promising anything ahead of the next games in the World Cup qualifiers

Congo coach Sebastien Migne is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of the double-header against Ghana in 2018 World Cup qualifying.

The Red Devils, rock-bottom of Group E after matchday two, play as guests to the Black Stars in Kumasi on Friday, four days to the return encounter in Brazzaville.

Migne, who was appointed Congo coach in March, is looking forward to reviving their fortunes, albeit on a rather cautious note.

"I’m really enjoying being the number one and making my own decisions, even if the timing hasn’t necessarily been the easiest," Migne, who was assistant to Claude Le Roy during the latter's reign as head coach of the Red Devils, told

"When I came in, we had matches coming up against Congo DR, then Ghana twice, and Egypt - three of the continent’s best teams. 

"So I knew I was taking a bit of a risk, but I still went for it because the aim in the medium term is also to regenerate the national team and to put Congo back up where it belongs, which is to say around tenth or eleventh place in Africa.

"We still have it all to do, and we still need to get back on a roll. I hope that my bosses will show patience, which is not always the case in this line of work. 

"If we manage to work calmly but with passion, bravery and determination, then we are capable of achieving things together. But I don’t want to give anyone false hope. 

"Even if we do manage to get a result against Ghana or Egypt over the coming weeks, there will still be plenty of hard work ahead of us."

Congo succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat to Egypt on matchday one before falling 1-0 to Uganda on the road.