It is more than a year since he is coaching Djibouti national team . Julien Mette answers questions of a group of journalists on Afrique Football Media . Here is a summary of his intervening .
“It is going very well in Djibouti, beyond everyone’s expectations. Nosu have competed in three continental competitions. A little elimination against Ethiopia in the CHAN qualifiers, a historic qualification for the group pahse of the 2022 World Cup. Then The Gambia also leaves very little for the CAN 2021. In terms of results (friendly included ), we made 4 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. “
“The first contacts with Djibouti date back to November 2018 when I was under contract with AS Otoho in Congo. It was a personal challenge too. It motivates me to advance the country. Then there were the words of the president of the federation. There are no real sporting goals. The only thing I was told was that the country should no longer be ridiculous. Avoid 4-0, 7-0, 8-0. And until then, I keep my promise to no longer have results like that. “
“The championship is fairly well organized. there are 3 divisions with 10 clubs per division. Division 3 is theoretically reserved for the U20s. There is very good arbitration in Djibouti. The technical level of the championship is still heterogeneous, a bit like what I experienced in Congo. It’s balanced. There are also foreigners, Nigerians, Ivorians. Some clubs are going to look for strong players “
“Several friends were surprised at my choice for Djibouti. I know there are a lot of French technicians who have a bigger CV who will never take the plunge. I was looking for the possibility of having a challenge and surprising everyone. It’s like our game against Ethiopia where we lose 0-1 at the last minute. I was sad but in the stadium everyone was happy. That’s kind of what I came for. Emotions, a special adventure. I’m lucky to bring my ideas and build something. it’s okay with me”