On Tuesday, Burkina Faso will launch their AFCON campaign in Group D against Mauritania. This clash will be the first encounter between the two sides in the AFCON. Burkina Faso won 2-1 the last time they met in a friendly match on October 2023.
Burkina Faso is yet to win an opening game in any AFCON competition, drawing five times and losing on seven occasions. Can they break the jinx against a team yet to win any AFCON match this time, let’s find out.
About the game
Burkina Faso remains unbeaten in their last four meetings with Mauritania, clinching two wins and settling for two draws. Mauritania’s last triumph over Burkina Faso dates back to September 2018 in a home qualifier match for the AFCON. Burkina Faso marks its 13th presence in the Africa Cup of Nations, having experienced exits from the group stage eight times.
The Stallions made it to the Semi-Finals four times. Their highest achievement in the competition was getting to the 2013 final, but unfortunately, they lost by 1-0 to Nigeria. For this match, Burkina Faso will look to field players like Edmond Tapsoba, Bertrand Traoré, Djibril Ouattara, Gustavo Sangaré, and Mohamed Konaté.
Mauritania has scored just once at the AFCON in their two appearances at the tournament. Their lone goal came in their first appearance in 2019, where Hacen scored a penalty against Mali. Notably, they were among the two teams at the 2021 tournament that failed to register a goal despite attempting 38 shots. Mauritania will have players like M’Backé N’Diaye, Babacar Niasse, Souleymane Doukara, Aboubakar Kamara, and Souleymane Anne for the match.
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This is a perfect match for Burkina Faso to get their first opening match victory in an AFCON competition. Mauritania is the group underdog and will need a more resilient performance to stop Burkina Faso.
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