The 2023 AFCON’s opening round matchup between Burkina Faso and Mauritania in Group D takes place at Stade Bouaké on Tuesday, January 16th. Both teams are keen to start the tournament strong and provide a positive foundation for their respective campaigns.
While many African countries are bringing in players from elsewhere, Burkina Faso has obstinately turned to its own population. Prior to recently, a sizable portion of the Stallions’ core players were frequently recruited from within the country. This practice will persist for some time longer due to the proliferation of well-established private academies around the nation that consistently produce talented young athletes. Burkina Faso hasn’t exactly been known for consistency lately. In their previous three games, they had defeated Ethiopia 0–3 and then fallen short against Iran 2-1. They bounced back to win their previous match, 1-2 against DR Congo. Despite seeing little time on the field with Aston Villa at the moment, Bertrand Traoré is still the group’s leader. When they wear the national team uniform, he is among those athletes who become gods. At eighty percent match readiness, he will probably start.
Ten years ago, Mauritania’s lack of dedication or insufficient quality was the main reason behind their frequent forfeitures of international football matches. Today, things are very different, and the nation views qualifying for the AFCON as practically necessary. From the prior 3 matches, Mauritania had not emerged victorious. After losing 2-0 against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to begin the game, they were forced to settle for two straight 0-0 ties with South Sudan as well as Tunisia. All other teams in group D will be looking for ways to score goals against Babacar Niasse. Because of his height, he can snag balls from corners and free kicks with hardly any arm extension. Opponents are going to have to be cunning when facing the 27-year-old Guingamp goalkeeper.
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Burkina Faso vs Mauritania Information
- Date: 01/16/2024
- Time: 9:00 AM EST
- Location: Bouake, Ivory Coast, Stade de la Paix.
- Burkina Faso vs Mauritania Live Stream: fubo.tv