By Brian Mboh
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Sudan and Guinea-Bissau are two Nations who find themselves amongst African giants in Group D. This will be the first encounter between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau at the Africa Cup of Nations.
This is Sudan’s first Africa Cup of Nations appearance since 2012. They won the tournament in 1970 but since then have only won one of their 13 matches (5defeats and 7losts). Their last clean sheet in the tournament dates back to the 1970 final against Ghana (1-0).
This is Guinea-Bissau’s third Africa Cup of Nations appearance, after making their debut in the competition only four years ago in 2017. That saw them finishing bottom of their group in each of their two previous participations, a total of two draws and four defeats.
Guinea-Bissau have failed to score in their last 437 minutes of play at the Africa Cup of Nations, the longest current drought in the tournament among this year’s participants. In the last AFCON, they registered the lowest total of shots on target 3 in 3 games and touches inside the opposition box 28 times.
Sudan’s Mohamed Abdelrahman scored a third of his team’s goals during the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (3 out of 9), finding the net in each of Sudan’s last three matches.
Both teams have fully fit squad players heading into this one, but the Sudanese have arrived in Cameroon with a couple of players who will make their international debuts at the 33rd AFCON.
Sudan 11 starters: Abu Ashreen; Nemer, Karshoum, Elsadig Hassan, Mohamedein; Mohamed Al Rasheed, Walieldin Khedr, Dhiya Mahjoub; Yasin Hamed, Abdelrahman, Algozoli Nooh
Guinea-Bissau 11-man : Jonas Mendes; Nanu, Opa Sangatte, Marcelo Djalo, Fali Cande; Jaquite, Alfa Semedo, Moreto Cassama; Jorginho, Frederic Mendy, Piqueti.
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