Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau go to war in Franceville

Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau go to war in Franceville
Prejuce Nakoulma of Burkina Faso (r) .challenged by Bruno Ecuele Manga of Gabon during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Gabon and Burkina Faso at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 18 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jan 22, 2017. 10:22

Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau will lock horns in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations clash at the Stade de Franceville in the Gabonese city of Franceville on Sunday evening, with both teams still in with a chance of booking their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Kick-off is at 21h00 (CAT).

Cameroon lead the way in Group A with four points from their allotted matches, with Burkina Faso and hosts Gabon having accumulated two points apiece. African minnows, Guinea-Bissau, sit at the foot of the table with a single point to their credit.

The Stallions of Burkina Faso held four-time champions Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the tournament before first-half substitute Préjuce Nakoulma found the back of the net in a 1-1 stalemate against the Panthers.

Similarly, Djurtus played to a 1-1 draw against Gabon in what was the first game of the tournament before going down 2-1 to the Indomitable Lions in Libreville earlier this week.

Piqueti's breathtaking solo effort had opened the scoring for Guinea-Bissau on the day, only for Cameroon to flex their muscles in the second-half. But despite the result, Guinea-Bissau can still progress to the knockout stages with victory over the 2013 AFCON runners-up.

Burkina Faso have been dealt a major blow with injuries to both Jonathan Pitroipa and Jonathan Zongo.

Nakoulma, who replaced Pitroipa before finding the back of the next against Gabon, has highlighted the importance of the clash:

"All teams still have a chance. The last game we must win," the Turkey-based winger said.

Head-to-Head: Guinea-Bissau vs Burkina Faso

Guinea-Bissau FIFA ranking: 68
Burkina Faso FIFA ranking: 53
Matches played: 0
Guinea-Bissau wins: n/a
Burkina Faso wins: n/a
Draws: n/a
Guinea-Bissau goals scored: n/a
Burkina Faso goals scored: n/a
Last match: n/a

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