Association formed: 1974
Previous Afcon Appearances: None
Best result: –
Coach: Baciro Cande
Leading scorers: all-time –Cícero (6)
Most appearances: all-time –
FIFA ranking: 68 (15th in CAF)
THE BIG QUESTION
This is their first time they have qualified for the tournament, and as to whether they can pull some surprises, only time will tell.
WHO ARE THEY?
The Guinea Bissau national football team represents Guinea Bissau in international association football and has done so since 1974. Guinea-Bissau entered their first FIFA World Cup qualification with the aim of reaching the 1998 World Cup in France. The first round of African qualification required for them to play Guinea in a two-legged match.
TOP THREE PLAYERS
Bocundji Ca: Team captain and leader, Ca has spent all of his career in France, bouncing up and down Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 with the likes of Nantes. He provides leadership from deep, protecting the back-four, and will be an important part of their assault to shock Africa.
Cicero: Six goals in 14 international appearances should be enough to raise opposition eyebrows. One of the most experienced players in the squad, the striker has played for Russian giants Dinamo Moscow. At 30, and currently clubless, this could be his first and last chance to put his skills on the big stage.
Zezinho: Full names Jose Luis Mendes Lopes. Started his career at home with Sporting Bissau before moving to Portugal where he spent the majority of his playing career. He scored both goals in the 4-2 home loss to Congo and opened the scoring in the decisive game against Zambia.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Truth be told, not even Guinea-Bissau expected to be in this position when they went into the qualifiers. After two games they had just one point and trailed group leaders Congo by three after drawing away to Zambia and losing 4-2 at home to Congo. Things looked bleak. But then both top dogs drew home and away, while the underdogs edged Kenya 1-0 twice over two legs to slide to the top. All it took was one more dramatic win at home to Zambia and they were home and dry. With one game to spare!
FULL 23-MAN SQUAD AFCON
GOALKEEPERS: Jonas Mendes (Salgueiro/ POR), Rui Dabo (Cova da Piedade/ POR), Pape M’baye Fall (Agua Dulce/ SPA)
DEFENDERS: Emmanuel Mendy (Ceahul/ ROM), Rudinilson Silva (Lechia Gdansk/ POL), Juary Soares (Mafra/ POR), Agostinho Soares (Sporting Covilha/ POR), Mamadu Candé (Tondela/ POR), Eridson Mendes Umpeça (Freamunde/ POR)
MIDFIELDERS: Nani Soares (Fekgueiras/ POR), Jose Mendes Lopes Zezinho (Levadiakos/ GRE), Bocoundji Ca (Reims, France), Tony Silva Brito (Levadiakos/ GRE), Toni Silva (Levadiakos/ GRE), Piqueti Djassi Brito (Braga/ POR), Idrissa Camara (Avelino/ ITA), Jean Paul Mendy (Quevily-Rouen, France), Francisco Santos Junior (Stromgodset/ NOR), Lassana Camara Sana (Academie Viseu/ POR)
ATTACKERS: Joao Mario Fernandes (Desportivo de Chaves/ POR), Abel Issa Camara (Belenenses/ POR), Amido Baldé (Olhanense/ POR), Frederic Mendy (Ulsan Hundai/ South Korea).