Football in Guinea-Bissau
Football in Guinea-Bissau continues to be hampered by limited funding and severe shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and equipment. They have enjoyed some success at regional level, however, lifting the «Tournoi des cinq» by evading the challenges of Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and the Cape Verde Islands, reaching the Final of the «Coupe Amilcar Cabral» in 1983 and twice winning a tournament that brings together a number of Portuguese-speaking teams. Many players from Guinea-Bissau play for clubs in Portugal. These players have dual nationality and therefore have a special status in that country's league championship (they are classed as «assimilated players»).
The first Goal Project
The Guinea-Bissau national association has decided, of its own accord, to invest all of its funding from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme in the construction of a new technical centre, replete with new headquarters for the association. In 2002, the Goal Bureau approved a request for the Goal Programme to cover the costs of furnishing the interior of the new building. On 2 February 2003, the President of the Asian Football Confederation and the Chairman of the Goal Bureau opened the new centre. The government provided the land for the building. The complex has been built in an architectural style never before seen in Guinea-Bissau, and is undoubtedly one of the most striking buildings in the country. The centre's main objective is to promote youth football, with the long-term goal of helping Guinea-Bissau to make an impression upon international football. A number of programmes will boost women's football and give it a higher profile. A long-term development plan should ensure that each and every area is restructured, with development work also sustained. With the help of FIFA's organisational skills, the very first step was taken when Marcos Falopa, the Technical Director of the South African FA and a FIFA Instructor, recently held a course for coaches.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Equipment for national association headquarters and national technical centre in Bissau
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 2 February 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000