Niger assistant coach Hassan Idé Barkire has pronounced that he’s happy with the group’s overall performance regardless of shedding the third place playoff 1-0 to debutants Madagascar in a tightly contested match on Friday on the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran.
Chatting with the media on the post-match press convention on the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2022, Barkire admitted that the Menas would have beloved to have completed on the rostrum, however fourth place is the very best situation the nation has ever attained.
“I am very proud of the team. We worked so hard to reach this stage. We would have loved to go to the final in Algiers or to at least finish third but that is football for you. We fell short of our objective, but we are fourth on the continent,” Barkire pronounced.
Barkire congratulated the Madagascar coach Ramouald Rakotondrabe on the press convention and admitted that the Barea deserved the victory.
“We congratulate Madagascar. They scored a late goal. It is tough to take a result like this, but we salute them. This is football. We shall go back home and continue to work hard so that we become regulars at continental competitions and seek even bigger success,” Barkire famous.
This is often Niger’s highest rating on the CHAN after reaching the quarterfinals inside the 2011 version coached by Harouna Doula. The Menas didn’t reach it out of the group levels on the 2016 version in Rwanda and on the final version in Cameroon.