After disappointing results in Match Day 1, Guinea Bissau and Egypt enter the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 Group D Match Day 2 with the intention of winning only to revive their hopes.
Guinea Bissau missed a late penalty to draw 0-0 with Sudan, while Egypt lost 1-0 to Nigeria, and Saturday’s match became the last hope for reviving the journey for both of them.
Date: 15 January 2022
Time: 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT)
Venue: Roumde Adjia, Garoua
Match: Guinea-Bissau v Egypt
Guinea-Bissau – Pursuit of a new surprise
Guinea-Bissau has never faced Egypt in the AFCON, so this is a special encounter for the team that is participating in the tournament for the third time in a row.
After they missed the opportunity to beat Sudan and share the top spot, Guinea-Bissau seeks to create a historic surprise and beat record holders Egypt to enhance their chances of reaching the next round.
What they said
Emiliano Te (Assistant Coach, Guinea-Bissau)
We are working to develop ourselves, and we have started training and preparing for the Egypt match. They have strong players and a cohesive team, and we have experienced players who want to win. We have a lot of absences, but we will deal with it. Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world, and Egypt has more than one professional player. We will face all of them, not just Salah.
Frederic Mendy (Guinea-Bissau midfielder)
We are well prepared and know what we have at stake. We will face Egypt strongly and work to maintain our chances of qualifying. Missing a penalty is not a problem, and we missed many chances against Sudan. We will not stop there because we want to represent our country well, and we did not discuss much about wasting the penalty kick.
Egypt – No room for more failures
Egypt is seeking an important victory over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday in order to achieve their first three points that revive their hopes in the tournament.
The Pharaohs lost with a lone goal to Nigeria in the opening match, which witnessed a performance that angered many supporters of the Egyptian team.
Led by the English Premier League stars Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet”, the Pharaohs will be the favorites to win on Saturday and restore hope of completing the campaign for the eighth title in their history.
What they said
Carlos Queiroz (Egypt coach)
Every match is important, and tomorrow we will try to improve our performance. We will face a good team and of course we respect them a lot because everyone is improving. We want to play a different game, and I have confidence in my players who played last game. Mohamed Salah is a player in our team, we win or lose together, and we all share the responsibility. For me the most important is the team and I promise to see a different performance in the second match.
Amr Al-Soleya (Egypt midfielder)
I missed the first match with an injury, but I am ready now and the decision to play is in the hands of the coach. We will work to correct what happened last match and to show Egypt in a better image. We feel sad and upset because of the last match like the Egyptian people, but we closed this page, and we have another chance to make our fans happy. We are the Egyptian national team, and all the players are great. We only think about matches and training, and we only work to improve.