Monday Oct 13, 2014. 09:44
Burkina Faso will seek revenge when they face Gabon in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group C qualifying clash in Ouagadougou on Wednesday.
The Panthers defeated the Stallions 2-0 in Libreville on Saturday thanks to a brace from Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Aubameyang and moved to the top of the log on seven points, one ahead of the Burkinabe.
Should Gabon win and the other group match between Lesotho and Angola ends in a draw, Jorge Costa’s team will mathematically guarantee themselves a place in the top two and thus secure a place in the finals in Morocco next year.
However, Paul Put’s Burkina Faso is generally a difficult side to get the better of on their own turf and the Stallions will be looking for revenge after Saturday’s 2-0 loss.
The Burkinabe will also take a massive step toward qualification if they can claim the three points on offer – as well as reclaim top spot on the log, a position they held before meeting Gabon in Libreville.
In all likelihood both of these West African teams will end up qualifying for Morocco 2015, such is the gap between them and the Southern African pair of Angola and Lesotho, but the fight for bragging rights will still be intense.
Botswana referee Joshua Bondo will take charge of the match in Ouagadougou on Wednesday. The other group match between Angola and Lesotho will kick-off an hour earlier in Luanda.