Guinea

Coach:

Paul Put

Nickname:

Syli Nationale

Best achievements:  Runners-up in 1976

Previous participations: 11

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 71

Road to AFCON 2019 (Top of Group H):

Ivory Coast 2-3 Guinea
Guinea 1-0 Central African Republic
Guinea 2-0 Rwanda
Rwanda 1-1 Guinea
Guinea 1-1 Ivory Coast
Central African Republic 0-0 Guinea

Coach: Paul Put

The 63-year-old was coach of Gambia for four years from 2007 and then in 2012 took over Burkina Faso, leading them all the way to the 2013 Cup of Nations final, where they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in Johannesburg, and then narrowly close to a place at the 2014 World Cup finals. Put worked as national coach of Jordan and Kenya after that before taking the Guinea job in March 2018.

Sentenced to two years in jail in his native Belgium for match-fixing during his days in charge of Lierse, he avoided prison on appeal.

 

Key player: Naby Keita. Age: 24. Midfielder.

A thigh injury picked up in the closing stage of the season meant Keita missed out on the Champions League final with Liverpool and Guinea are gambling on his being ready in time for their opening game against Madagascar on Saturday. He has the potential to be a talismanic influence for the team and will be regarded with some trepidation by opponents.

Keita was 17 when he moved to France first and then played in Austria and the Bundesliga before Liverpool spent a club record of almost 50 million pounds ($62.95 million) to sign him.

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Group A W D L P
Egypt
3 0 0 9
Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
1 0 2 3
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Madagascar
2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
Algeria
3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1