AFCON 2023: It’s a battle of the Guineas as Equatorial face Bissau


Equatorial Guinea is set to face Guinea-Bissau in a highly anticipated Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) fixture following their impressive 1-1 draw against group favorites Nigeria.

The match, scheduled to take place in Abidjan, promises to be a thrilling encounter as both teams aim to secure crucial points in the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea, buoyed by their historic draw against Nigeria, is riding high on a seven-match unbeaten streak across all competitions.

Coach Juan Michá expressed confidence in his team’s abilities but acknowledged the challenge posed by Guinea-Bissau, emphasizing the need to stay vigilant against “high-level footballers.”

Despite a disappointing 100% head-to-head losing record against Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea is fueled by the belief that their recent performance against Nigeria signals a turning point.

On the other side, Guinea-Bissau is seeking redemption after a tough start to the tournament, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast.

Manager Baciro Candé faces the daunting task of boosting his team’s confidence, especially after a humiliating 6-2 loss to Mali in a pre-tournament warm-up.

However, Guinea-Bissau is not to be underestimated, as evidenced by their impressive 1-0 away victory against Nigeria during the qualifying phase.

Iban Salvador, the goal scorer against Nigeria, will be a player to watch for Equatorial Guinea, particularly considering his penchant for receiving cards.

Guinea-Bissau will look to Carlos Mané to deliver a standout performance, building on his contributions in the lead-up to the tournament. With both teams eager to make a statement, the Equatorial Guinea vs. Guinea-Bissau fixture promises to be a captivating showdown in the AFCON.

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