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Guinea-Bissau v Nigeria – A historic hope

Report by CAF

Match: Guinea-Bissau-Nigeria
Date: January 19, 2022
Time: 10:00 PM (19:00 GMT)
Venue: Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

After Nigeria secured top spot in Group D of TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021, they face Guinea-Bissau in the final group match on Wednesday in Garoua.

The later seeks a victory that may secure it passage to the next round, given the result of the other group match between Egypt and Sudan at the same time, or as one of the best third-placed teams in the groups.

Guinea-Bissau players warming up during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau – An invaluable win

Guinea-Bissau has not won in the eight matches it has played in the Africa Cup of Nations so far. But a win in Garoua on Wednesday will be invaluable as it could mean Djurtus’ qualification for the next round, if the results go in their favor.

Guinea-Bissau suffered two blows in the last minutes of their group matches. They missed a penalty against Sudan to settle for a goalless draw, then they thought that they scored the equalizer against Egypt, to which Mohamed Salah led, but the video assistant referee (VAR) intervened to cancel the goal.

Jonas Mendes of Guinea-Bissau and Baciro Cande, coach of Guinea-Bissau

What they said

Baciro Cande (Coach, Guinea-Bissau)

The match will be difficult, but it is important to get three points if we are to continue competing. We know Nigeria are a strong team, but we are well prepared, and we will play to win. We have to believe in our ability and fight for what we believe in because this is football.

Jonas Mendes (Goalkeeper, Guinea-Bissau)

We know that the opponent is strong, but we trust in ourselves and nothing is easy, but we will make every effort and it is important to get the first victory and we hope to achieve it in tomorrow’s match. The last match was difficult for us, but we are professional players who know how to overcome difficult moments and prepare for what is to come, especially as we strive to make our country and our fans happy.

Moses Simon of Nigeria celebrates goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria – Maximum points

Although they came to the tournament with many absences and technical changes, Nigeria Super Eagles established themselves as one of the favorites with an outstanding performance in their first two matches.

Convincing victory over Egypt, followed by another against Sudan, ensured the Super Eagles qualified as the top of the group, regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s match.

Nigeria Coach press conference

What they said

Augustin Eguavoen (Coach, Nigeria)

We will continue to work. We respect our opponents and will continue on the same path. We must improve and take advantage of opportunities and score more goals. There will be changes in the squad, but we will not underestimate the match. All the players here are able to participate and represent Nigeria strongly.

William Troost-Ekong (Defender, Nigeria)

Tomorrow we will face a strong opponent and we will work the same way to win. I have experience in this competition and try to use it to improve. We started to believe in ourselves after a series of failures and now we continue to do well and we will improve even more. We have two challenges, the Africa Cup of Nations and reaching the World Cup. Nothing is easy and we all pledge to fight for each of them.

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