Wednesday Jan 15, 2014. 09:22
Burundis head coach, Mohamed Naseem Lofty, has said his boys will get better as the 2014 Africa Nations Championship progresses.
Making their debut in the tournament, Burundi last night managed to hold Gabon to a goalless draw in a Group D tie at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
The boys played well and it was good we managed to get a point in the opening game. We know what to expect against Mauritania on January 18th and its a game we should win, the confident Egyptian-born coach told AfricanFootball.com.
Lofty explained that against Gabon they did not utilise their scoring opportunities, but added that they are going back to the drawing board because goals might be very important to determine who qualifies from the group.
The coach insisted that starting with a draw for a first time team like this in such tournaments was good enough, but was quick to add that they are hungry to make it to the knockout stages.
We have prepared well and also used the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya to get the boys match practice, he added.
Burundi goalkeeper Arthur Arakaza, who gave a good display against Gabon, said they will not disappoint the many Burundians back home.
We know everyone is following our matches here and we shall work hard not to disappoint them, added Arakaza.