Baciro Cande, the head coach of Guinea-Bissau, has named his 25-man squad for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The squad, which was unveiled on Friday, features some of the biggest stars from the country’s domestic league, including Mamadi Camara from Sky Bet Championship club, Reading, and Esmiraldo Sa Silva from CD Feirense in Portugal.
The Djurtus will open camp for the qualifiers on Sunday, March 19, and travel to Abuja two days later, with the first leg of the series scheduled for the Moshood Abiola Stadium on September 24. The reverse fixture will take place three days later at the 24 de Setembro National Stadium.
Guinea-Bissau currently sits second in the group with four points, just two points behind the Super Eagles.
The squad includes the following players:
Jonas Mendes (Kalamata, Greece)
Manuel M. Balde (Vizela, Portugal)
Fernando Embadje (Alcanenense, Portugal)
Fali Candé (MET, France)
Opa Blood (Chateauroux, France)
Manconi S. Mané (Moreirense, Portugal)
Tito Junior (Varzim, Portugal)
Prosper Mendy (Kaisar, Kazakhstan)
Jeferson Encada (Pharcos, Egypt)
Eulanio Chipela Gomes (Santa Clara, Portugal)
Pedro Justiano Gomes (Radomiak, Poland)
Alfa Semedo (Al-Taee, Saudi Arabia)
Mauro Teixeira (Yverdon, Switzerland)
Mamadi Camará (Reading, England)
Marreto Gassama (Omonia, Cyprus)
Judilson M. T. Gomes (Famalicão, Portugal)
Jorge B. C. Nogueira (Mes Kerman, Iran)
Eucidálcio Gomes (APOEL, Cyprus)
Djassi Picket (Al-Shoalah, Saudi Arabia)
Mama Samba Bucket (Troyes, France)
João Mário (Spartak Varna, Bulgaria)
Jorge F. Intima (Ludogorets, Bulgaria)
Zinho Gano (Waragem, Belgium)
Toni Correia Gomes (Zira FK, Azerbaidjão)
Esmiraldo Sá Silva (Feirense, Portugal)
The Super Eagles are set to face a tough challenge from Guinea-Bissau, and the fans will be expecting the players to deliver a good performance and secure the win. With a squad so full of talent and experience, the Djurtus will be looking to make their mark on the competition and prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. We’ll have to wait until September 24 to see how this match-up will play out.