Guinea-Bissau to upset wounded Pharaohs?

Guinea-Bissau to upset wounded Pharaohs?
Bura Nogueira of Guinea-Bissau

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jan 14, 2022. 14:00

Guinea-Bissau will look to record one of the great upsets in Africa Cup of Nations history when they face Group D rivals Egypt at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua on the evening of Saturday 15 January 2022, kick-off at 21:00 CAT.

The AFCON pedigree of the two teams could hardly be more different: Egypt are seven-time champions, while Guinea-Bissau are appearing in only their third tournament and have yet to progress beyond the group stage.


Yet the African Wild Dogs come into this clash above the Pharaohs on the log standings, having opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sudan on Tuesday.

It really should have been a win for coach Baciro Cande and his team, with Pele missing a late penalty which could have secured a first-ever victory at the Nations Cup finals.

A performance of similar determination, but with better finishing, could really trouble Egypt, and the African Wild Dogs sniff a chance at a headline-grabbing upset.

“We were here with the goal of taking three points. We fought, it wasn’t possible. I think we will do better next time. We will work to win in the next game,” said Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Cande.

Egypt, meanwhile, put in a disjointed display in their 1-0 loss at the hands of fellow heavyweights Nigeria, leaving them at the bottom of the group and in need of a quick turnaround if they are to advance into the round of 16.

Pharaohs coach Carlos Quieroz admitted that his side only really got going in the second half of the clash against the Super Eagles, but is confident that they can recover from the defeat.

“We lost this match but there are still six points up for grabs against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in order to qualify from the group,” said the Portuguese.

In head-to-head stats, this will be the first competitive meeting of Guinea-Bissau and Egypt.

The other Group D match in this round sees Nigeria take on Sudan earlier on Saturday evening, also at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

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