Report by CAF
Match: Senegal vs Guinea
Date: 14 January 2022
Time: 04:00 PM local time (13:00 GMT)
Venue: Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium, Bafoussam.
Senegal Teranga Lions and Guinea Syli Nationale lock horns in Group B Matchday 2 of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.
The Western Africa Derby will be decisive, as the winner will pave way to the Round of 16, after both sides secured identical 1-0 victories in their opening matches over Zimbabwe and Malawi respectively.
After waiting for so late to win their opener against Zimbabwe, the Teranga Lions will hope for another win to prove their tag as one of the tournament favorites.
History on their side, as they won the previous two AFCON encounters against neighbors Guinea, but Aliou Cisse knows well history means nothing in such tournaments.
The win over Malawi was a huge morale boaster for Kaba Diawara’s side, and they know that another one over favorites Senegal would mean nothing but a place in the next round, and a message that Syli Nationale is here for business.
Diawara will once again rely on his leader Naby Keita, the first game’s winner scorer Issiaga Sylla and striker Mohamed Bayo to threaten Senegal’s defence.
What they said:
Joseph Lopy (Player, Senegal)
“It will be a tough Derby as we know each other well. Our aim is to get the three points and build from the win against Zimbabwe. We have prepared well, and we are very motivated for the crucial match.
Mohamed Bayo (Forward, Guinea)
“It is a very important game and as players we know that. We know each other as players, but on the pitch, we want to give 100 percent and make our fans happy. Our opponents are a very good and established side.”