May 27, 2024


Guinea Bissau caught the world’s attention when they beat Nigeria 1-0 on 24 March 2023.

The win answered many questions about Guinea Bissau’s credibility and the progress the country had made under.

They eventually finished second in their qualifying group behind Nigeria.

By the end of the qualifiers, Guinea Bissau had recorded four wins, one draw and one defeat. Their only defeat came against Nigeria in a campaign that was the best in the country’s history.

Key Player: Mama Baldé

Baldé plays for French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyon, on loan from Ligue 2 club Troyes.

He is an explosive winger who is comfortable on the ball with both feet. He is deceptively strong and has remarkable dribbling ability to go with.

Baldé is very good at sending accurate crosses, has been known to score goals when in good goalscoring positions. 

The Coach: Baciro Candé

Since the return of Baciro Candé in 2016, Guinea-Bissau has not missed a single AFCON competition.

He has built his team on intensity, aggressive pressing and generally plays high octane football.

Although critics often point to their aggression when not in possession, their direct, fluid offensive play has won them many admirers. 

Guinea-Bissau’s matches in Group A

13 January

Guinea-Bissau – Cote d’Ivoire: 19h00 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium, Ebimpé

18 January

Equatorial Guinea – Guinea-Bissau: 13h00 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium, Ebimpé

22 January

Guinea-Bissau – Nigeria: 17h00 GMT, Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan

Guinea-Bissau’s performance at the TotalEnergies AFCON

2017: 1st round

2019: 1st round

2021: 1st round



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