Sami Trabelsi, Tunisia coach
Sierra Leone, Cape Verde Islands and the winner of the tie between Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar: it couldn’t have worked out better for us. We’re up against Africa’s fourth tier and we really shouldn’t slip up because these countries have never won anything. We won’t have any excuses but we’ll still need to apply ourselves. Obviously our qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will all hinge on the two-legged play-off in the third and last round, when we’ll have to roll up our sleeves and battle it out with one of the continent’s big teams.
Lars Olof Mattsson, Sierra Leone coach
I looked at the FIFA Ranking for July and I saw Tunisia are 55th. They’re not in good form at the moment. Cape Verde Islands are 82nd and we’re 93rd, so if we can get our preparations right and the players stay in the right frame of mind, then we could win the group. I think the time has come for Sierra Leone to qualify for the World Cup.
Henri Michel, Equatorial Guinea coach
We have to be realistic because Equatorial Guinea have a lot of ground to make up. I’m working with my assistants to build up team spirit in the national side and create a truly professional set-up. Equatorial Guinea have to look beyond the 2012 African Cup of Nations. That can’t be our only objective and we have to use that competition to keep on making progress.