senegal to renew rivalry with guinea-bissau at 2019 wafu

16:00    30 May 2019

Elimane Oumar of Senegal (R)
The much-anticipated 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations will see Senegal taking on their close rivals Guinea-Bissau.

The two neighbouring countries are set to clash in the regional tournament which will be hosted by Senegal and it is scheduled to run from 28 September till 13 October.

Senegal will renew their rivalry with Guinea-Bissau in the opening match at the Stade Lat Dior in the city of Thies on September 28.

This will be the ninth meeting between the two teams across all competitions including friendly matches.

Senegal have recorded four victories compared to Guinea-Bissau's one victory, while three matches have ended in a stalemate.

The last time the two teams clashed was on the 9th of November 2001 in the Amilcar Cabral Cup semi-finals.

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Two first-half goals from Mamadou Diabang and Ousmane N'Doye helped Senegal's Lions of Teranga overcome Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in Sikasso, Mali.

A Lions of Teranga team which was made up of players under the age of 23 went on to win the West African tournament which has since been cancelled after its last edition in 2007.

The African Wild Dogs' only victory over Senegal came in 1995 when they defeated the Lions of Teranga 2-1 in a group stage match of the Amilcar Cabral Cup.

Guinea-Bissau head coach Baciro Cande is likely to name a squad made up of local-based players for the WAFU tournament as the competition falls outside the FIFA calendar.

The African Wild Dogs are set to face Mali in the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier between July and August 2019 and this will give Cande a chance to assess the players ahead of the WAFU tournament.

The same thing applies for Cande's counterpart, Aliou Cisse of Senegal with the Lions of Teranga scheduled to take on Liberia in the 2020 CHAN qualifier before the regional competition.

 

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