Nigeria v Burundi - African Cup Of Nations Group Match, Scorers And Stats

Date: 20-06-2019 10:02 pm (1 year ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 20-06-2019 10:02 PM (1 year ago)

Date: Saturday 22nd June
Time: 6:00pm
Stadium: Alexandria Stadium
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A much-fancied Nigeria side begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a match against tournament debutants Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.
The Super Eagles are aiming to go all the way for the second time in six years and have a nice fixture to ease themselves in.


Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr before the match against Argentina on June 26, 2018

Dealt a difficult hand in last summer's World Cup, placed in a group with Argentina and finalists Croatia, Nigeria crashed out at the group stage and they are now looking to make amends.

Advancing to the knockout rounds is their minimum target in Egypt, though reaching the final on July 19 and adding to their three previous titles will be the real aim.

Experienced boss Gernot Rohr, who has managed four African sides over the last nine years, has assembled a talented group that looks capable of challenging the likes of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana and hosts Egypt.

The German coach has named eleven players under the age of 24 in his squad, though he does have experienced faces in Jon Obi Mikel, Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria failed to impress during their pre-tournament friendlies as they played out a goalless draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe and then lost 1-0 to Senegal last weekend.

However, up against a side 89 places below them in the latest FIFA rankings in their opening fixture, anything other than victory for the Super Eagles will be considered a major shock.

Then comes a trickier match against Guinea in their second match, before facing another competition debutant in Madagascar.

The battle with Guinea is expected to determine which side finishes top of Group B. Getting off to a positive start against Burundi is therefore imperative for Rohr and his players.

Recent form (all competitions): DDWWDL
Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Collins; Ndidi, Obi Mikel, Etebo; Iwobi; Musa, Ighalo


Saido Berahino in action for Stoke City on September 3, 2018

Burundi are competing in a major tournament for the first time ever after finishing above Gabon in qualifying with 10 points from their six group matches.

The Swallows may be newbies on the big stage but, as they showed throughout the qualifying campaign, they cannot be written off as they drew home and away with Gabon and did enough in their other fixtures to finish second to Mali, who they will face in the competition proper.

Ranked 134th in the world, though, Burundi have a massive task on their hands if they are to make it any further than the group phase.

The last debutants to progress beyond the first round were Cape Verde, who qualified for the 2013 quarter-finals at the expense of Angola and Morocco before losing to Ghana.

Burundi head into their opening fixture on the back of a 2-1 loss to Tunisia earlier this week, conceding to a Naim Sliti goal in added time to see their unbeaten run come to an end.

Olivier Niyungeko's men had gone seven games without defeat prior to that, earning a couple of draws against Gabon and Mali, as well as holding Algeria.

Playing out 1-1 draws is very much Burundi's forte - that has been the scoreline in five of their last eight matches - and that will be the aim against heavyweights Nigeria on Saturday.

Achieve that and Niyungeko's side will remain well on course to keeping their dream adventure alive.

Recent form (all competitions): DDWDDL

Burundi possible starting lineup:
Ndikumana; Nsabiyumva, Amissi, Nduwarugira, Moussa; Kamsoba, Ngandu, Bigirimana, Berahino; Razak, Duhayindavyi

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