AFCON 2019: Nigeria Vs Burundi Lineups, Kick Off, Team News

AFCON 2019: Nigeria Vs Burundi Lineups, Kick Off, Team News

The Super Eagles of Nigeria begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a match against tournament debutants Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.

Advancing to the knockout rounds is their minimum target in Egypt, though reaching the final on July 19 and adding to their three previous titles will be the real aim.

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Experienced boss Gernot Rohr, who has managed four African sides over the last nine years, has assembled a talented group that looks capable of challenging the likes of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana and hosts Egypt. See the full 23 man list.

Nigeria failed to impress during their pre-tournament friendlies as they played out a goalless draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe and then lost 1-0 to Senegal last weekend.

Anything other than a victory for the Super Eagles will be considered a major shock.

Burundi head into their opening fixture on the back of a 2-1 loss to Tunisia earlier this week, conceding to a Naim Sliti goal in added time to see their unbeaten run come to an end.

Olivier Niyungeko's men had gone seven games without defeat prior to that, earning a couple of draws against Gabon and Mali, as well as holding Algeria.

As for Burundi, Fiston Abdul Razak and Cedric Amissi are their biggest goal threats after scoring nine of their side's 11 goals during qualifying.

Saido Berahino is arguably the most well-known player in the Swallows' squad.

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Nigeria Vs Burundi Lineups

Super Eagles Possible Starting Lineup:

  1. Akpeyi
  2. Shehu
  3. Troost-Ekong
  4. Omeruo
  5. Aina
  6. Ndidi
  7. Etebo
  8. Chukwueze
  9. Obi Mikel
  10. Iwobi
  11. Onuachu

Burundi Possible Starting Lineup:

  1. Berahino
  2. Abdul Razak
  3. Amissi
  4. Duhayindavy
  5. Mustafa
  6. Nahimana
  7. Bigirimana
  8. Nsabiyumva
  9. Ngandu
  10. Moussa
  11. Nahimana

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