Guinea Bissau is one of the nations to follow in African football. Since 2017, its regularity is more than topical. A diligence that she owes particularly to the work upstream of a Bissau-Guinean Football Federation, without complex in front of her elders. The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation, creation and affiliation The Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Federação […]
Guinea Bissau is one of the nations to follow in African football. Since 2017, its regularity is more than topical. A diligence that she owes particularly to the work upstream of a Bissau-Guinean Football Federation, without complex in front of her elders.
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation, creation and affiliation
The Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Federação de Futebol da Guiné-Bissau in Portuguese, the official language of Guinea Bissau, was born in 1974. Its affiliations to FIFA and CAF will come 12 years later, in 1986 for launch a soccer eager to finally exist.
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation and Manuel Lopes Nascimento
The current president of the Bissau-Guinean Football Federation is called Manuel Lopes Nascimento. In office for his second term of 4 years, he is the man of a football that has grown over the years, thanks in particular to the participation of Guinea Bissau, three times in a row, in the CAN. . 2017, 2019 and soon 2022 in Cameroon.
However, Manuel Lopes Nascimento is also, alongside his general secretary Virginia Gomes, the one who was accused in 2017 by Inoum Emballo, former vice president of the FFGB, of embezzlement. “Between December 2015 and December 2017, declared Mr. Emballo, the federation of Bissau received 1 million 500 thousand dollars from FIFA. Of this sum only 178,000 dollars were used in the cost of the synthetic carpet of the Lino Correia stadium, all the rest is in the hidden bank account of the federation at Ecobank Bissau”.
Also, Inoum Emballo did not stop at mere accusations. The Bissau-Guinean leader will similarly request the arrest of Manuel Lopes Nascimento because of “his calamitous management of funds”. Attacks to which Virginia Gomes, the other called to the bar, responded firmly: “Inum must provide all the proof of the statements he has just made to the press, she reacted. All his statements are false, because he knows absolutely nothing about my life. I will no longer respond to his provocations”.
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation and embezzlement
The case of alleged embezzlement of funds is not an isolated act in the Bissau-Guinean Football Federation. The stories of this type in this organization, there have already been. A month before this release of Mr. Emballo, the Head of State of Guinea Bissau, José Mario Vaz, had even had to demand the freezing of all funds from the Bissau-Guinean Football Federation.
In 2002, Hipolito Mendes, former leader of the Bissau-Guinean Football Federation, was also charged, tried and sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement. The sum embezzled amounted to more than 100 million FCFA and according to information relayed by the BBC channel, the culprit would have gone to live in Senegal and “would never have served his sentence”.
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation and its competitions
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation is responsible for regulating football in its country. As a result, it uses the Guinea Bissau Championship, Cup and Super Cup to carry out its mission. Competitions that Sporting Clube de Bissau and Sport Bissau e Benfica have become accustomed to dominating. Respectively named and colored in honor of the famous Portuguese clubs Sporting de Lisboa and Benfica de Lisboa.
That said, in terms of the prize list, Sporting de Bissau has won 14 Championships, 6 Cups and 2 Super Cups. His highest results in African competitions are a round of 16 in the Champions League (1984) and another in the Cup Winners’ Cup (1977). Continental performances far superior to those of their best enemy, Benfica de Bissau, stopped 4 times in the round of 16 of the CAF C1 (1978, 1980, 1981, 1983). 12 times champion, winner of the Cup 9 times and of the Supercup 2 times, his success remains domestic for the moment.
The Bissau-Guinean Football Federation at the CAN
In Cameroon, Guinea Bissau will be at its third CAN. The first was in 2017 in Gabon and it came out in the first round, after a draw against the host country (1-1) and two defeats in front of Cameroon (2-1) and Burkina Faso (2-0) . Of their passage, we will therefore retain only their first point and their first two goals at an African Cup. Soares’ late equalizer against the Gabonese, Guinea-Bissau’s first goal in a CAN, and Piqueti’s magnificent goal against the Cameroonians. An opener, a beautiful rush, cited among the most beautiful in the competition.
Returning to Egypt in 2019, Guinea Bissau would experience the same fate. In a group made up of Cameroon, Ghana and Benin, Zezinho’s teammates will still be eliminated from the group stage. The fault of two defeats against the Cameroonians (2-0) and the Ghanaians (2-0) and a draw against the Beninese (0-0). Never two without three ? We don’t hope for CAN 2022. Even if it will be very hard to move into the round of 16 ahead of Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan.
Sources: Bissau: the football federation accused of embezzlement – BBC News Afrique
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