Thursday Sep 03, 2015. 14:12
Burundi’s ambition to feature at a first-ever AFCON could be back on track on Saturday with a home win over visiting Niger in Bujumbura.
Burundi are bottom of Group K having lost their first game 3-1 to leaders Senegal.
Niger Republic are currently second with three points after they defeated Namibia 1-0 on match day 1.
Burundi will be banking on the firepower of Mamelodi Sundown of South Africa striker Abdoulrazak Fiston, who has four goals in 16 caps and new star and Tusker FC striker Emmanuel Ngama to get the needed goals to beat their guests from West Africa.
Burundi, who are under their second Algerian coach, Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalik, are yet to feature at the AFCON and a win this weekend against the Mena from Niger will boost their chances of making it to the continental showpiece in Gabon in 2017.
Former Cote d’Ivoire coach Francois Zahoui has taken over Niger after they failed to qualify for this year’s AFCON on the back of two straight qualifications in 2012 and 2013.