Burkina Faso anticipates a positive start to their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign against Guinea-Bissau on Friday. With both nations seeking their debut World Cup appearance, the expanded tournament offers a chance for new contenders.
In Group A, Burkina Faso aims to finish above Egypt, eyeing automatic qualification for the World Cup, with the top four runners-up vying for playoff spots. Recent form has been mixed, but with players like Dango Ouattara, Bertrand Traore, and Edmond Tapsoba, they possess the quality to make an impact.
Ranked 54 places higher than Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso aims to secure a victory in their opening match in Morocco, followed by another against Ethiopia. Guinea-Bissau, also World Cup debutants, has shown promise, winning three of their last five matches, including an impressive 1-0 victory over Nigeria.
Guinea-Bissau’s slim chances in Group A make each match crucial. Coach Baciro Cande, in charge since 2016, brings stability to the team. Carlos Mendes Gomes, a potential debutant, adds depth to the squad.
In terms of lineup, Burkina Faso may favor Issa Kabore over Steeve Yago at right-back, while Lassina Traore’s role remains uncertain. Guinea-Bissau is likely to start with Jonas Mendes in goal, and Carlos Mendes Gomes could make his international debut.