Jonathan Pitroipa

PREVIEW: Equatorial Guinea vs. Burkina Faso

Today at the Estadio de Bata at 1600 GMT, the Stallions seek redemption against hosts Equatorial Guinea who were nothing but impressive in their opening game and will obviously have the twelfth-man advantage.

Last edition’s runners-up Burkina Faso will be hoping to capture their 2013 form after being torn apart 2-0 by a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-led Gabon, whilst host Equatorial are well in good position to get the goods out of the encounter after they were forced to a draw by Congo.

Paul Put and his opposite number Esteban Becker have no sort of injury concerns – which means they both have their full arsenal to unleash to make up for a pulsating encounter.

“This competition is not yet over for us,” Burkinabe captain Charles Kabore said via BBC Sport.

“At the 2010 World Cup, Spain lost their opener, but they went on to win the trophy,” Burkina Faso star player Jonathan Pitroipa refused ruling out their chances of lifting the continental trophy by viewing their loss in retrospect, as reported by Goal.

Becker, who only had 15 days of preparation with his team prior to the showpiece, now stands in pole position to lead Group A if they grab maximum points against the Stallions, who are faced with the prospect of being the first team to be eliminated from the tournament if they fail to get at least a point.

by Olasoji Tolulope

 

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