Fuel to the flame: The die-hard support backing Guinea at FIFA U17 World Cup 2017
The fans have travelled all the way to India and been supporting their team through thick and thin even though they haven't yet won a game.
If you were watching Guinea's first two games at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, it would be nearly impossible to miss out on a certain, loud section in the West Stand. To be honest, they were loud enough to be heard on TV as well. The upper section in the west stand, adjacent to the North Stand was filled with a whole delegation of Guinea fans who were in fine voice for both of Guinea's group games so far.
Loud, proud and loyal these Guinea fans could be spotted and heard singing throughout the duration of the 90-minute games. At many points during the game, the Guinea fans even managed to rope in the local Goan fans to join in on their chants and songs. Truly, the beauty of the game. Although musical instruments are not allowed into the stadium as per FIFA regulations, the Guinean fans never failed to keep a constant beat going, making good use of the seats beside/in front of them.
''It means everything to us, their support is very important to our young team and make a lot of difference, we are only upset that we couldn't pay them back with a better result'' said Guinea Head Coach Souleymane Camara who emphasized on how important the constant support was for his team even after failing to win either of their first two games.
''The government has provided us with everything. We appreciate the steps that they have taken. Tickets, Flights and Hotel stay have all been sponsored by the Government and we couldn't be happier to be out here in Goa supporting the team we love'' said Keita who was one of the very few people in the group who could speak decent English. Keita was also more than happy to translate for his fellow friends and supporters.
''We were supporting the team in Gabon during the U-17 African Championship and we are very grateful to have been given the chance to do the same for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Goa is a beautiful place and we have enjoyed our stay so far'' said Remo, who was one of the most popular figures of the Guinea delegation over the last 2 games. Remo was the most vocal fan out of the group and the leader of the group when it came to the singing and dancing.
On asked whether they will be travelling to Kochi for the Guinea's last game vs Germany which will be played away from Goa, Keita replied saying: ''We are not sure as of now, we have to travel quite a bit for the next game but haven't received the green signal from the Guinean government yet. Of course, we will do anything possible to support our team.''