2023 AFCON Qualifier: Guinea Bissau Coach Baciro Cande Mocks Super Eagles After Massive Win in Abuja

2023 AFCON Qualifier: Guinea Bissau Coach Baciro Cande Mocks Super Eagles After Massive Win in Abuja

Babajide Orevba
March 25, 2023 at 10:54 AM
  • Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Cande has stated that ‘big names’ do not play football on the pitch
  • The tactician says beating the Super Eagles right in Nigeria is a huge result for Guinea-Bissau
  • He admitted that Nigeria is blessed with stars, but his boys did well to contain them

The head coach of Guinea-Bissau national team Baciro Balde has reacted following his side’s shocking victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Abuja.

Despite parading some of the biggest names in world football at the moment, Nigeria struggled at home for the entire 90 minutes.

Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, Ademola Lookman, and Samuel Chukwueze all started the game for the hosts, but they failed to find the back of the net.

Baciro Cande, Super Eagles, AFCON Qualifier, Abuja
Coach Baciro Cande is delighted with win over Super Eagles. Photo: FADEL SENNA
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The Wild Dogs pulled off the big upset as the lone goal of the match came in the 29th minute after Mama Balde slotted the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

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Despite several efforts by the Super Eagles, Guinea-Bissau contained Nigeria for the rest of the game and that goal was enough to seal the three points.

After the game, Cande told journalists:

“This victory is for the Guinea-Bissau people, we respect all the Nigerian players, but big names don’t play football on the pitch.
“We are surprised, but the team trained very hard and today they beat Nigeria, a big football country with good players. We feel good about this victory against Nigeria.”

Ahead of the return leg in Guinea-Bissau, the tactician added:

“I will keep the team in focus ahead of the return leg and we will see what is the best strategy to adopt for the next game.
“I can’t really speak about the strategy we deployed in today’s match because we have another game next week.”

Musa sends message to young players

Sports Brief earlier reported that the captain of the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa has urged young players to invest the money made from football before it is too late.

Musa disclosed this in an exclusive chat with Sports Brief just before Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau.

Asked how he has managed to continue to do this, Musa said he has already planned for life after football.

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