Guinea-Bissau coach cautions Super Eagles

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Edwin  - CEO January 8, 2024
Updated 2024/01/08 at 8:39 AM
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Guinea Bissau players arrive for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), at Felix Houphouet Boigny-airport-in-abidjan
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As ‘Wild Dogs’ reveal TotalEnergies CAF AFCON target after landing in Cote d’Ivoire

 

 

Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Candé says they want to reach the knockout stages of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations after arriving in Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday to participate in the tournament.

 

The Djurtus (The Wild Dogs) became the second side to arrive in the West African country to participate in the tournament when they touched down at Abidjan’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Airport for the continental showpiece event.

 

Coach Candé and his team were greeted by an Ivorian drumming and dancing traditional welcome party and dozens of their compatriots who had gathered at the airport as they prepared to face the host nation in the competition’s opening match on Saturday.

 

Drawn to play in Group A, Guinea-Bissau will face a tough challenge as they will also play Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the group.

 

The Djurtus will make their fourth appearance at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations. They will be honored to play the opening match on Saturday against the host country at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe.

 

 

The first coach to qualify his country for the most prestigious sporting event in Africa in 2017, the 56-year-old coach Candé will be making his fourth appearance in the tournament and at the helm of the side.

 

Saturday’s opening match will be the second experience of Guinea-Bissau in playing in the opening match of the competition after featuring in the opening game of the 2017 edition in Gabon with Candé in charge.

 

“I’m used to it; in the first competition I participated in, we played the opening match against Gabon and drew (1-1). I know that Côte d’Ivoire is stronger than Gabon, but Guinea-Bissau will do its job, slowly,” assured Candé in an interview with CAFOnline.com upon their arrival in Abidjan on Sunday.

 

Drawn into a challenging Group A alongside Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea, Candé and his team hope to create a surprise by advancing to the knockout stage for the first time.

 

“Our goal is to get past the first round finally. Our group is indeed very tough with opponents like Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea, but anything is possible in football; anything is possible,” declared the coach.

 

Guinea-Bissau will face Equatorial Guinea on the second matchday scheduled for January 18, 2024, in Group A.

 

They will conclude the group stage with another challenge against Nigeria on January 22 at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

 

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