Players and officials of Guinea-Bissau today arrived Nigeria ahead of their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying doubleheader against the Super Eagles at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Friday, March 24.
The team from the West African nation had a connecting commercial flight from Bissau to Dakar (Senegal) to Lome (Togo) before landing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and venue for the all-important first leg tie. The team will have a better experience as they will return to their country via a chartered airplane.
The Djurus delegation is led by the first vice-president of the Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau, Celestino Gonçalves, 25 invited players, and a technical team led by “mister Cande.”
The Super Eagles currently top Group A after wins against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe and victory in the double header will see them book their spot in the competition billed to hold in Ivory Coast next year with two games to spare.
The Djurus who are second on the log and unbeaten in their first two group games will be hoping to upset Nigeria who on paper are expected to win convincingly in Abuja. Guinea-Bissau demolished Sao Tome and Principe 5-1 before playing a 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone away from home.
The second leg of the doubleheader will be played on March 27, at the Estádio 24 de Setembro.
The team will have a training session in Abuja today and will be allowed to train at the stadium a day before the game according to FIFA rules.