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AFCON: Nigeria’s opponents, Guinea Bissau produces UEFA Champions League’s youngest player

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA

The Nigeria Super Eagles face Guinea Bissau in a near-dead rubber group match at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Garoua, Cameroon.

Guinea Bissau may not be a big brand in continental football, but the country has already found a way into the record books.

When in 2019 Inter Milan crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, it was Barcelona’s Guinea Bissau player, Anssumane Fati that fired in the late winner that gave Barcelona a 2-1 win in San Siro.

The Guinea Bissau born player whose name is often shortened as Ansu Fati thus became the youngest scorer in the competition’s history.

Following the exit of the charismatic Lionel Messi, Fati is the one offered the iconic number 10 shirt. He plays as a left winger for Barcelona. Though born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati represents Spain internationally

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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