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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.


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

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