The Guinea-Bissau national football team (Portuguese: Seleção nacional de futebol da Guiné-Bissau) represents Guinea-Bissau in men's international association football and it is controlled by the Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau, The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cups but qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations three times, making their debut in 2017. The team is a member of both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Association||Federação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Baciro Candé|
|Most caps||Jonas Mendes (51)|
|Top scorer||Nando Có (9)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 24 de Setembro|
Estádio Lino Correia
|Current||116 1 (6 October 2022)|
|Highest||68 (November 2016–January 2017)|
|Lowest||195 (February–March 2010)|
| British Gambia 1–2 Portuguese Guinea |
(British Gambia; 2 June 1952)
| Guinea-Bissau 7–2 Benin |
(Bamako, Mali; 3 November 2001)
| Guinea 7–0 Guinea-Bissau |
(Conakry, Guinea; 22 July 2017)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2017)|
|Best result||Group stage (2017, 2019, 2021)|
World Cup qualifyingEdit
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. The first leg was held at home in the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau on 1 June 1996 with an attendance of 15,000. Guinea-Bissau went 2–0 up at half-time after strikes from Pereira Tavares in 11th and 36th minutes. Guinea's Titi Camara equalised with his own brace in the 53rd and 54th minutes. Guinea-Bissau's Co Cipriano won the game with a 60th-minute penalty to make it 3–2. The away leg was held at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry. Momo Soumah of Guinea scored to level the tie at half-time before Nando Có scored a bicycle kick for Guinea-Bissau to put his side 4–3 up on aggregate, however another goal from Momo Soumah and a winner from Tibou Bangoura won the match for Guinea, giving them a 5–4 lead on aggregate.
Guinea-Bissau had never progressed beyond the first round of qualification until the 2022 qualifiers where they defeated São Tomé and Príncipe 3–1 over two legs, thanks to three goals from Joseph Mendes.
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
Guinea-Bissau first participated in AFCON qualification in 1994 where they defeated Cape Verde over three legs, but failed to register a single point in the second round as their draw against Togo was annulled after Togo withdrew from the competition. In 1996 Guinea-Bissau withdrew from qualification after a draw and two losses to begin the campaign, leading to their ban for 1998 AFCON.
Guinea-Bissau next entered qualification in 2006 where they lost 4–1 to Mali national football team and were again banned in 2008 for unpaid debts to CAF. In 2012 they secured a single win (1–0 against Kenya) and five losses to finish last in Group J. The following year they were eliminated 2–0 by Cameroon. In 2015, after beating Central African Republic 3–1, they lost to Botswana by the same scoreline.
For the 2017 qualifiers, Guinea-Bissau was drawn from Pot 4 into Group E and, despite being the lowest ranked nation in their group, achieved ten points and qualified for the 2017 tournament ahead of Congo, Zambia and Kenya. In their African Cup of Nations debut, Guinea-Bissau drew 1–1 with Gabon with a 91st-minute equaliser by Juary Soares. This was the only point they collected at the tournament and they were eliminated in the group stage.
Guinea-Bissau then also won their Group in the 2019 qualifiers to reach a second straight Finals. They again managed one draw (0–0 against Benin) and two losses and failed to progress to the knock-out stages.
On March 30, 2021, Guinea-Bissau went into their final qualifying match against Congo, needing a victory to qualify. They ended comfortable winners with goals from Piqueti, Frédéric Mendy and Jorginho to secure their third successive AFCON appearance.
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|11 January 2021 Africa Cup of Nations||Sudan||0–0||Guinea-Bissau||Garoua, Cameroon|
|Report||Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium|
Referee: Issa Sy (Senegal)
|15 January 2021 Africa Cup of Nations||Guinea-Bissau||0–1||Egypt||Garoua, Cameroon|
||Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium|
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
|19 January 2021 Africa Cup of Nations||Guinea-Bissau||0–2||Nigeria||Garoua, Cameroon|
|Report||Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium|
Referee: Peter Waweru (Kenia)
|23 March Friendly||Guinea-Bissau||3–0||Equatorial Guinea||Óbidos, Portugal|
|16:00 GMT (UTC)||Embaló 48', 59'
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Óbidos|
|26 March Friendly||Angola||3–2||Guinea-Bissau||Rio Maior, Portugal|
|9 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Guinea-Bissau||5–1||São Tomé and Príncipe||Marrakech, Morocco|
||Stadium: Stade de Marrakech|
|13 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Sierra Leone||2–2||Guinea-Bissau||Conakry, Guinea|
||Stadium: General Lansana Conté Stadium|
Referee: Abdulwahid Huraywidah (Libya)
|24 September Friendly||Martinique||1–1||Guinea-Bissau||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker|
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
- The following players were called up for the Friendly matches.
- Match dates: 17 and 20 November 2022
- Opposition: Gabon and Gambia
- Caps and goals correct as of: 25 September 2022, after the match against Martinique.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Maurice Gomis||10 November 1997||5||0||Unattached|
|GK||Manuel Baldé||14 November 2002||4||0||Vizela|
|GK||Fernando Embadje||1 January 2000||0||0||Unattached|
|DF||Saná||10 October 1999||4||0||Debrecen|
|DF||Tito Júnior||28 July 1995||2||0||Varzim|
|DF||Prosper Mendy||7 June 1996||1||0||Spartak Varna|
|DF||Pedro Justiniano||18 April 2000||0||0||Radomiak Radom|
|MF||Sori Mané||3 April 1996||23||0||Moreirense|
|MF||Pelé||29 September 1991||20||1||Famalicão|
|MF||Moreto Cassamá||16 February 1998||15||0||Omonia|
|MF||Dálcio||22 May 1996||5||0||APOEL|
|MF||Janio Bikel||28 June 1995||3||0||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|MF||Mamadi Camará||31 December 2003||3||0||Reading|
|FW||Jorginho||21 September 1995||22||5||Ludogorets Razgrad|
|FW||João Mário||11 October 1993||12||2||Vilafranquense|
|FW||Edmilson Correia||6 June 2000||0||0||Saint-Étienne|
|FW||Toni Gomes||16 November 1998||0||0||Zira|
|FW||Jardel||20 September 1997||0||0||Feirense|
|FW||Clau Mendes||8 December 2000||0||0||UD Logroñés|
The following players have been called up for Guinea-Bissau in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Rui Dabó||5 October 1994||2||0||Oliveirense||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|GK||Jonas Mendes||20 November 1989||51||0||Kalamata||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Opa Sanganté||1 February 1991||14||0||Châteauroux||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|DF||Adon Gomis||19 July 1992||2||0||Free agent||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|DF||Bura Nogueira||22 December 1995||24||1||Mes Kerman||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|DF||Nanú||17 May 1994||19||0||FC Dallas||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|DF||Fali Candé||24 January 1998||14||0||Metz||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|DF||Jefferson Encada||17 April 1998||11||0||Pharco||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|DF||João Ricciulli||10 October 1999||0||0||Vitória||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|DF||Simão Júnior||29 August 1998||2||0||Feirense||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Fernandy Mendy||16 January 1994||0||0||Free agent||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Alfa Semedo||30 August 1997||14||2||Al-Tai||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|MF||Umaro Baldé||7 September 2002||1||0||Free agent||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|MF||Manuel Pami||5 February 1999||1||0||Differdange||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|MF||Zidane Banjaqui||15 December 1998||1||1||Mafra||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|MF||Leonel Ucha||9 May 1988||10||0||Cova da Piedade||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|MF||Panutche Camará||28 February 1997||4||1||Ipswich Town||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|MF||Mimito Biai||12 December 1997||0||0||Cherno More||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|MF||João Jaquité||22 February 1996||15||0||Hapoel Nof HaGalil||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Madi Queta||21 October 1998||4||0||Cherno More||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|FW||Bruno Correia Mendes||10 December 1994||1||0||Fola Esch||v. Martinique, 25 September 2022|
|FW||Piqueti||12 February 1993||37||7||Al-Shoulla||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|FW||Mama Baldé||6 November 1995||17||1||Troyes||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|FW||Zinho Gano||13 October 1993||3||3||Zulte Waregem||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|FW||José Embaló||3 May 1993||3||2||Sabah||v. Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022|
|FW||Alexandre Mendy||20 March 1994||7||0||Caen||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|FW||Mauro Rodrigues||15 April 2001||6||1||Yverdon-Sport||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|FW||Steve Ambri||12 August 1997||5||0||Sheriff Tiraspol||v. Angola, 26 March 2022|
|FW||Frédéric Mendy||18 September 1988||24||6||Évreux||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Joseph Mendes||30 March 1991||14||4||Rodez||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 13 June 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Guinea Bissau.
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of Portugal||Part of Portugal|
|1978||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1990||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||4||5|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of Portugal|
|1976||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1988||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1996||Withdrew during qualifying|
|1998||Banned for withdrawing in 1996|
|2000||Did not enter|
|2006||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 1 Time Runners-up
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