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Guinea out to make history after 56-year absence at The Olympics

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Guinea will return to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament after a 56-year absence.

After suffering shootout heartbreak against Mali in the match for third place at the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, Guinea ultimately secured their spot at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament courtesy of a 1-0 win over Indonesia in May’s intercontinental play-off.

They were the last of the 16 nations to book their spot at Paris 2024, ending a 56-year Olympic wait in the process. In a twist of fate, the West Africans will line up against France, just as they did at Mexico ’68, in a rather daunting-looking Group A.

Over half a century on from Guinea’s first – and only – Olympic campaign, Kaba Diawara’s troops head to the French capital intent on leaving their mark on the 2024 edition.

Spearheaded by a promising crop of exciting talent that includes Ilaix Moriba, whose first-half spot kick sealed the deal against the Indonesians, and Olympiacos pair Aguibou Camara and Algassime Bah, the Guineans are determined to live up to the expectations of those back home.

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