Sassi - African Players Work Hard, Less Expensive

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Assistant Coach of Russian side, FC Anji Makhachkala, Adel Sassi has said it is good for teams around the world to invest in African players because they work hard and are less expensive.

Assistant Coach of Russian side, FC Anji Makhachkala, Adel Sassi has said it is good for teams around the world to invest in African players because they work hard and are less expensive.
Speaking to URN during at interview on Wednesday at the Bata Stadium in Equatorial Guinea where the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) is taking place, Sassi said African players have changed over the years in their work ethics and seriousness.  
The Tunisian born coach who is also in-charge of scouting at the First Division Club in Russia said he is in Bata to partly see the talent on display and also look for African talent. He said FC Anji Makhachkala currently has two African players from Niger and Ivory Coast, but added that they are looking at possibilities of adding more because they bring some thing special to the club.
Sassi who also said he helped Cranes skipper Andrew Mwesigwa sign a contract with one of the clubs in Kazakhstan added that with time they will also search for players from the East and Central African region.
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About the on-going Afcon, Sassi who featured for Tunisian top side, Club Africian in 1996 said he is impressed by the standards and tactical awareness compared to 10 years ago.
Sassi's Club FC Anji Makhachkala was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov in 2011 and subsequently made numerous high-profile signings, including those of striker Samuel Eto'o and manager Guus Hiddink.
But following severe budget cuts ahead of the 2013-14 Russian Premier League season, the club lost most of its key players and went on to finish bottom of the table, which resulted in relegation to the Russian First Division at the end of the season. But the Club is now top of the First Division and hope to be back in top flight football in the Premier League.