Star Player BOCUNDJI CA
Ca’s name is in the small country’s history books even before this tournament has started for he will captain Guinea-Bissau in their first appearance in the continental showpiece. It’s fitting that the 30-year-old has this responsibility, as the nation’s bouncer who protects the back four while anchoring the midfield with his high work rate.
Coach BARICO CANDE
Cande took over as Guinea-Bissau coach two games into the qualifiers for this showpiece after Paulo Torres was slapped with a four-match ban by CAF after a bust-up with a match official. Cande recorded back-to-back victories over Kenya in before taking his country to their first Afcon appearance.
What’s their story?
The odds (150/1) are stacked against the debutants. For them, this qualification is about exposing their name to the international stage and trying to persuade players with dual citizenship to consider playing for them – like Sporting Lisbon’s star Carlos Mane. Afcon History – Best Performance Burkina Faso: 2013 – Runners-up; Cameroon: 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002 – Champions; Gabon: 1996 and 2012 – Quarterfinals; Guinea-Bissau: 2017 – Debut Appearance