Guinea-Bissau players were “crying” seriously in the dressing room following their painful 1-0 defeat by Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, as stated by two stars of the Djurtus.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored in the 69th minute to put the Pharaohs ahead in the Group D game in Garoua, nonetheless Mama Balde had a remarkable late equalizer for the Djurtus ruled out following a video assistant referee analyses.
“We’re bitterly disappointed because the referee’s decision to rule out that goal left many players lying on the floor in tears,”
disclosed Guinea-Bissau Pele.
The Monaco midfielder also said:
“All the players are disappointed and crying in the dressing room. To lose in this way is very bad and it left all the players in tears.”
With nine minutes left, Balde cut in from the left and curled a shot just inside the right-hand upright, yet the forward was considered to have fouled Egypt defender Omar Kamal in the build-up.
Following picking up a point against Sudan and losing to Egypt, forward Frederic Mendy commended his side’s strong second-half conduct against the Pharaohs, however was left disemboweled by the loss.
The 33-year-old, who plays for Vitoria in the Portuguese third tier, maintain the VAR judgement to reject Balde’s goal was harsh on his side as they slides to third in the group.
“We feel very frustrated because we cannot accept for the [Egypt] players asking the referee to check the VAR,”
“That should be the decision of the referee to do by himself. You succumb to the pressure of the players and rule out our valid goal. It is heart-breaking to rule out a goal that is valid in our opinion.
“If we had drawn against Egypt, the most successful team in this tournament, it would’ve helped us a lot.
“We are very disappointed, angry and bitter about how it’s turned out. It’s unfair because we believe we scored a good goal.”
Small nation, big hearts
The Djurtus (Wild Dogs) made their Nations Cup debut in 2017 yet lost all group games to quit the tournament. In 2019 they suffered 2-0 defeats against Cameroon and Ghana prior to claiming a 0-0 draw with Benin to return home early.
This time around, Guinea-Bissau must beat Nigeria, the Group D leaders and three-time continental champion, in their final group game on Wednesday (19:00 GMT) to have a chance of moving to the last 16.
“Playing in a tournament like this is very important for us because it is an opportunity to show the world that our country Guinea Bissau may be a small nation and small team but we have great players,”
“We have big hearts, we don’t give up and we fight for our country and make it proud.”