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AFCON 2021: Guinea-Bissau Vs Nigeria – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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AFCON 2021: Guinea-Bissau Vs Nigeria - Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Guinea-Bissau will be looking to grab their first win and secure a place in the next round of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Any result short of a win for the Djurtus in today’s game will see the risk elimination from the AFCON 2021.

Guinea-Bissau suffered a huge blow to their chances of reaching the round of 16 as they fell to a slender 1-0 loss against Egypt last Saturday.

READ ALSO: Preview: Nigeria vs. Sudan – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

The team also were held to a goalless draw against Sudan, after they failed to capitalize on a late penalty given.

The Djurtus now need a win to keep their slim qualification hopes alive as they are currently level on one point with Sudan and two behind second-placed Egypt.

However, Guinea-Bissau head into Wednesday’s game in poor form as they have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions, picking up three draws and losing three, while failing to score in all six outings.

Super Eagles have already qualified for the knock-out phase in the tournament, winning their two games against Egypt and Sudan

In their previous game, Samuel Chukwueze and Taiwo Awoniyi scored to hand the Super Eagles a two-goal lead heading into halftime, and after Moses Simon netted shortly after the break, Walieldin Khidir pulled one back for the Falcons of Jediane as he converted his 70th-minute penalty.

Prior to that, the Suoer Eagles got their tournament off to a brilliant start as they defeated Egypt from a single goal by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nigeria head into Wednesday’s game unbeaten in each of their last five games across all competitions, picking up four wins and one draw since November’s shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Central African Republic.

The Super Eagles will now look to keep the juggernaut rolling and make it three wins from their opening three AFCON games for the first time since 2006 when they defeated Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Ghana in Group D.

Guinea-Bissau will be boosted by the return of Jonas Mendes and Jorginho, who were in action against Egypt last time out after missing the opening game against Sudan through COVID-19.

However, goalkeeper Maurice Gomis and 30-year-old forward Joseph Mendes will play no part in Wednesday’s game as they are in isolation after recently testing positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, having already secured their place in the round of 16, Eguavoen could make a few changes down the spine of the team, with key players like Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, and Moses Simon was given breathers.

While we expect to see an unchanged backline, Huesca midfielder Kelechi Nwakali could earn his first starting role after two decent cameos off the bench in the first two games.

Further up the pitch, Ahmed Musa made his first appearance at the tournament when he came on as a 65th-minute substitute against Sudan last time out and the veteran forward could come in for his first starting appearance.

Guinea-Bissau possible starting lineup:

  • Mendes
  • Cande
  • Mane,
  • Sangante
  • Encada
  • Cassama
  • Nogueira
  • Pele
  • Piqueti
  • Ambri
  • Balde

Nigeria possible starting lineup;

  • Okoye
  • Aina,
  • Troost-Ekong
  • Ajayi,
  • Sanusi
  • Nwakali
  • Onyeka
  • Chukweze
  • Iheanacho
  • Musa
  • Awoniyi

PREDICTION

A likely win for the Super Eagles

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Mbappe Snubs Real Madrid, Makes Final Decision

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French professional footballer, Kylian Mbappe Lottin, has snubbed La Liga Giants, Real Madrid, as he prepares to renew his contract with Paris-Saint Germain (PSG).

This was disclosed via a tweet from sports pundit, Fabrizio Romano, as he revealed that Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez is aware of the forward’s decision.

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“Kylian Mbappé will stay at Paris Saint-Germain. Romano stated

“He’s definitely not joining Real Madrid this summer, the final decision has been made and communicated to Florentino Perez.

The Kylian Mbappe saga has finally come to an end, as he is set to sign a new deal at Paris-Saint Germain that will see him stay at the club.

It’s the second time the 23-years old has rejected Real Madrid, after he left Monaco for PSG in 2017 and, just like five years ago, this isn’t the outcome Real Madrid hoped for.

The La Liga side and the Frenchman had reached an agreement last week regarding the terms of his contract.

This included, among other details, the payment of 130 million euros as a signing bonus, the total dominance of the image rights, and a very lucrative salary.

However, the striker and his team have been constantly surrounded by pressure and have made the decision to sign a new deal at PSG.

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Dear Chelsea: Rudiger Pens Farewell Message

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German international footballer, Antonio Rudiger, has penned a farewell message to Chelsea FC, as he leaves the club for 2022 UCL Finalist, Real Madrid.  

In a touching message posted by Rudiger on The Players Tribune, titled ‘Dear Chelsea’, the defender expresses his love for his teammates.

The 2020/21 UCL Central-Back of the season pointed out N’golo Kante’s humility in particular, praising his character.

READ ALSO: Real Madrid Completes Signing Of Toni Rudiger

“I want to talk about the Champions League final. But for you to understand, I have to tell a quick story about one of the nicest guys in football. Rudiger stated.

“I am speaking, of course, about N’Golo Kanté. 

“Before I came to Chelsea, I had heard all the beautiful stories about him. They said he is always smiling. It was said he still drives an old Mini Cooper. They said he never raises his voice. But you know how it goes in football, right? No one is really like that.

“There is too much pressure, too much disappointment. We are all human. No one is that cool all the time. It’s impossible. Then I met N’Golo.”

The 29-years old went further to narrate how Tuchel had changed his entire career after he was despised and dropped by Frank Lampard for his poor performances.

“We had a meeting one day, and the manager told me that we had a deep squad and that he preferred others over me.

“Boom — that was it. After that, there were a lot of rumors. I was getting a lot of abuse on social media. It was the hardest time in my career, and I stayed silent because I did not want to cause issues for the club. 

“Imagine, if you would have told me that within a few months, I would be starting in a Champions League Final against City? 

“But when you are hungry, nothing is impossible. It is the ones who are starving, the ones who have nothing to lose, who are the most dangerous. When Tuchel came in as manager and gave me a chance, it was a new life for me.”

Rudiger is expected to be announced as a new Madrid player at the end of the season, after 5 years with Chelsea.

Everything is now done between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal has been completed, according to sources from the club. Contract until 2026.

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Di Maria Confirms PSG’s Exit, Bids Farewell

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Di Maria Confirms PSG's Exit, Bids Farewell

Argentine professional footballer, Ángel Fabián Di Maria, has confirm his exit from League1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The attacking midfielder took to his Instagram to say his ‘Thanks’ to teammates and fans, after 7-years in France.

He posted a picture of himself and his teammates, with the caption, “Gracias❤️ Merci❤️.”

READ ALSO: EPL Trophy: We Will Give Man City Difficulties, Gerrard Says

Di Maria will leave PSG on a free transfer, as his contract with the club has expired.

Juventus are in advanced talks to sign the 34-year-old, negotiations have been underway for weeks, now waiting to reach a full agreement.

The winger has won 14 major trophies, including five league titles, in the past seven years at the Parc des Princes.

Di Maria has made 294 appearances for PSG, scoring 92 goals and managing 118 assists. He is the club’s all-time leading goal provider.

According to reports, PSG shows no interest in a one-year extension on his contract. His deal will run out next month. 

The Argentine is upset about his situation, as he did not plan on leaving the club.

Juventus has presented him with two proposals. He will decide which formula he wishes to proceed with.

The first option would see the 34-year-old earn 7 million euros per season plus bonuses in a two-year deal.

As for the second proposal, it’s one-year contract.

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