Football in Guinea
In the 1960s, Guinea's clubs were among the leading lights in African football. Hafia F.C. won the African Cup of Champion Clubs three times in succession with players such as Cherif Souleymana - now technical director of the national team - and Petit Sory among their ranks. Since then, major triumphs have been few and far between, although the national association is currently carrying out various activities to try to build new administrative and technical structures that will bring standards back to those of years gone by. At the moment, two players are plying their trade with clubs abroad: Titi Camara, now in England having previously played in France, and Findina with French side Bordeaux.
The Goal Project
At its meeting on 2 November 2002, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of a technical centre using funds from Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. It is hoped that the centre will give a boost to all areas of football at national level and help Guinea to return to former glories. Construction work began recently and the facilities are due to be inaugurated early in 2006. A long-term development plan is currently being drawn up in cooperation with the FIFA Development Office in Abidjan. Ongoing youth development work and the general restructuring of the national association will play a key role in this initiative.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National technical centre in Conakry
Project approved
2 November 2002
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 184,737 Government USD 425,860 Total cost USD 1,010,597