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Guinea-Bissau, one of the planet’s poorest countries, isn’t at the Africa Cup of Nations just to make up the numbers; the Wild Dogs are at the tournament to make history.
On Saturday, in the 90th minute of AFCON’s inaugural fixture between Gabon and Guinea-Bissau, Juary Soares headed home a deep free-kick from Zezinho to secure a 1-1 draw against the host and earn his nation a point in its first-ever match at a major tournament.
With a population of only 1.7 million, Guinea-Bissau is the smallest country at AFCON. The tropical state, which holds a history of wars, coups, and cocaine, is among the world’s most impoverished places, ranking 178th out of 188 in the United Nations’ Human Development Index.
The streets of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau will surely be partying into the night.