Days before their debut appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations, players from the Guinea-Bissau squad have come to an agreement with the country’s government over unpaid wages.
Players from the team went on strike this past weekend after they were not paid the bonuses that had been promised for qualifying for the upcoming tournament.
It was only after a delegation of three players visited the country’s president, Jose Mario Vaz, that the two parties finally came to an agreement.
Since then, players have received somewhere from 10,000 to 30,000 euros.
After news of the settlement between the team and the government, many lined the streets of the country’s capital, Bissau, where the team paraded through the crowd of supporters.
Guinea-Bissau’s road to the Cup of Nations was a fairytale one after they were dubbed as long shots to even get through qualification. The country’s successful qualification has been labeled as one of the tournament’s biggest shocks on record. On their way to making history, Guinea-Bissau eliminated former champions Congo and Zambia. Since entering international competition 22 years ago, they have only won four matches in World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers combined.
The competition will begin on Jan. 14 and run to Feb. 5.
Guinea-Bissau will open up the tournament on Saturday in Group A against hosts Gabon before taking on Burkina Faso and Cameroon.