Piqueti Djassi Brito of Guinea Bissau during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Friday Jan 27, 2017. 13:30
Qualifying for the tournament itself would have been viewed as a massive accomplishment for the tiny West African nation, who ousted Congo, Kenya and former champions Zambia on their way to confirming their place at a first ever Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
'Djurtus' (wild dogs), though, would have left Gabon a tad disappointed; especially considering their promising start to the 2017 showpiece.
Juary Soares 91st minute goal securing a 1-1 draw for the Portuguese speaking nation against the hosts in the tournament curtain-raiser.
Piqueti would then bag an outstanding solo effort as Guinea-Bissau took the lead against Cameroon in their second Group A clash, but the four-time champions would fight back to ultimately record a 2-1 win.
Tired legs were on display in their final group match against Burkina Faso, and despite an attempted late fightback - the minnows would bow out, but not with their tails between their legs.