Guinea-Bissau national football team

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).

Guinea-Bissau
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Djurtus
AssociationFederação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachBaciro Candé
CaptainJonas Mendes
Most capsJonas Mendes (51)
Top scorerNando Có (9)
Home stadiumEstádio 24 de Setembro
Estádio Lino Correia
FIFA codeGNB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 116 Decrease 1 (6 October 2022)[1]
Highest68 (November 2016–January 2017)
Lowest195 (February–March 2010)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 Portuguese Guinea 
(British Gambia; 2 June 1952)
Biggest win
 Guinea-Bissau 7–2 Benin 
(Bamako, Mali; 3 November 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 7–0 Guinea-Bissau 
(Conakry, Guinea; 22 July 2017)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup stage (2017, 2019, 2021)

HistoryEdit

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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

2022Edit

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
Report
  • Salah   69'
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'
P.Camará   89'
Report Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Óbidos
26 March Friendly Angola   3–2   Guinea-Bissau Rio Maior, Portugal
Report
24 September Friendly Martinique   1–1   Guinea-Bissau Fort-de-France, Martinique
19:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
17 November Friendly Guinea-Bissau   1–3   Gabon
20 November Friendly Guinea-Bissau   0–0   Gambia

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Guinea-Bissau   v   Nigeria Guinea-Bissau

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following players were called up for the Friendly matches.[6]
  • 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
1GK Maurice Gomis (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 25) 5 0 Unattached
1GK Manuel Baldé (2002-11-14) 14 November 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Vizela
1GK Fernando Embadje (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Unattached

2DF Saná (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 23) 4 0   Debrecen
2DF Tito Júnior (1995-07-28) 28 July 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Varzim
2DF Prosper Mendy (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Spartak Varna
2DF Pedro Justiniano (2000-04-18) 18 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Radomiak Radom

3MF Sori Mané (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 26) 23 0   Moreirense
3MF Pelé (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 31) 20 1   Famalicão
3MF Moreto Cassamá (1998-02-16) 16 February 1998 (age 24) 15 0   Omonia
3MF Dálcio (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 26) 5 0   APOEL
3MF Janio Bikel (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 27) 3 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3MF Mamadi Camará (2003-12-31) 31 December 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Reading

4FW Jorginho (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 27) 22 5   Ludogorets Razgrad
4FW João Mário (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 29) 12 2   Vilafranquense
4FW Edmilson Correia (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Saint-Étienne
4FW Toni Gomes (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Zira
4FW Jardel (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Feirense
4FW Clau Mendes (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 22) 0 0   UD Logroñés

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Oliveirense v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
GK Jonas Mendes (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 33) 51 0   Kalamata 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Opa Sanganté (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 31) 14 0   Châteauroux v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
DF Adon Gomis (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 30) 2 0 Free agent v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
DF Bura Nogueira (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 26) 24 1   Mes Kerman v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
DF Nanú (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 28) 19 0   FC Dallas v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
DF Fali Candé (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 24) 14 0   Metz v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
DF Jefferson Encada (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 24) 11 0   Pharco v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
DF João Ricciulli (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Vitória v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
DF Simão Júnior (1998-08-29) 29 August 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Feirense 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Fernandy Mendy (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 28) 0 0 Free agent 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Alfa Semedo (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 25) 14 2   Al-Tai v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
MF Umaro Baldé (2002-09-07) 7 September 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Free agent v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
MF Manuel Pami (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Differdange v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
MF Zidane Banjaqui (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 23) 1 1   Mafra v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
MF Leonel Ucha (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 34) 10 0   Cova da Piedade v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
MF Panutche Camará (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 25) 4 1   Ipswich Town v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
MF Mimito Biai (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Cherno More v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
MF João Jaquité (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 26) 15 0   Hapoel Nof HaGalil 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Madi Queta (1998-10-21) 21 October 1998 (age 24) 4 0   Cherno More v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
FW Bruno Correia Mendes (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 28) 1 0   Fola Esch v.   Martinique, 25 September 2022
FW Piqueti (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 29) 37 7   Al-Shoulla v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
FW Mama Baldé (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 27) 17 1   Troyes v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
FW Zinho Gano (1993-10-13) 13 October 1993 (age 29) 3 3   Zulte Waregem v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
FW José Embaló (1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 29) 3 2   Sabah v.   Sierra Leone, 13 June 2022
FW Alexandre Mendy (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 28) 7 0   Caen v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
FW Mauro Rodrigues (2001-04-15) 15 April 2001 (age 21) 6 1   Yverdon-Sport v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
FW Steve Ambri (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 25) 5 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Angola, 26 March 2022
FW Frédéric Mendy (1988-09-18) 18 September 1988 (age 34) 24 6   Évreux 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Joseph Mendes (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 31) 14 4   Rodez 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.
WD Withdrew from squad.

RecordsEdit

As of 13 June 2022[7]
Players in bold are still active with Guinea Bissau.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1982
  1986
  1990 Did not enter Declined participation
  1994
  1998 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 5
    2002 2 0 1 1 0 3
  2006 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2010 2 0 1 1 0 1
  2014 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2018 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2022 8 3 3 2 8 12
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 20 4 7 9 16 31

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   Portugal
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976 Not affiliated to CAF
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988 Did not enter
  1990
  1992
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Withdrew during qualifying
  1998 Banned for withdrawing in 1996
    2000 Did not enter
  2002 Withdrew
  2004
  2006 Did not qualify
  2008 Did not enter
  2010 Did not qualify
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  2019 Group stage 20th 3 0 1 2 0 4
  2021 Group stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 0 3
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total Group stage 3/33 9 0 3 6 2 12

HonoursEdit

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 1 Time Runners-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 9 December 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
  3. ^ "CAF – 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP PRELIMINARIES". Allworldcup.narod.ru. 1996-06-01. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  4. ^ "CAF – 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP PRELIMINARIES". Allworldcup.narod.ru. 1996-06-16. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  5. ^ "World Football: The Week in Numbers". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Guiné-Bissau Defronta Amanhã o Gabão Várias Esterias em Perspectiva" (in French). Federação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau - Facebook. 17 November 2022. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Guinea-Bissau". National Football Teams.

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