Tuesday Jan 18, 2022. 10:00
Guinea-Bissau will chase a shock win over Africa Cup of Nations Group D rivals Nigeria when the teams meet at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua on the evening of Wednesday 19 January 2022, kick-off at 21:00 CAT.
Guinea-Bissau head into this clash with their hopes of becoming the first team from their country to advance into the knockout rounds still alive, despite being unable to win either of their opening two matches.
They opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sudan and followed it up with an unlucky 1-0 loss at the hands of Egypt this past Saturday night, in which they had a late equaliser somewhat harshly ruled out by VAR.
The African Wild Dogs will need to defeat their heavyweight opponents if they are to either snatch second place on the group or be one of the top-ranked third-place finishers, and midfielder Pele believes they have a shot.
“It is our ambition to qualify and we are not giving up on that, we must do everything to defeat Nigeria because it is very important for us,” said the Monaco player. “We will fight with everything we have and if we played as we did against Egypt, we will qualify. We want everyone at home proud of us.”
Nigeria, meanwhile, have already sealed top spot and know that they will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent in Garoua in a round of 16 clash on Sunday 23 January.
The Super Eagles have thus far beaten Egypt (1-0) and Sudan (3-1) and will be looking to end the group phase with a 100 percent record – something they have achieved in AFCON history just twice before, in 1992 and 2006.
Interim coach Augustine Eguavoen has already admitted that he will be rotating players for this match: “Everybody in this team has a chance to play in this tournament, so with qualification secured, we will be giving some players the opportunity to play in the next game.”
In head-to-head stats, this will be the first competitive meeting of Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria.
The other Group D match in this round sees Egypt face Sudan, which will be played simultaneously at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.