Must-win clash for hosts

2015-01-21 09:29
AFCON 2015
AFCON 2015
Cape Town - Equatorial Guinea star Juvenal Edjogo-Owono has said Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash against Burkina Faso in Bata will determine the host nation’s fate in the competition.

Equatorial Guinea were forced to a 1-1 draw by Congo in the opening match of the tournament on Saturday, while Burkina Faso lost 2-0 to Gabon.

“Burkina Faso need to win the match especially after they lost their first game and we also have to win it. It’s win or die for both teams,” said Juvenal, who captained Nzalang Nacional when as co-hosts they reached the last-eight of the competition three years ago.

“We have the confidence going into this game and so we hope for a good game.”

Equatorial Guinea coach Esteban Becker said a couple of players are nursing knocks from the game against Congo, but he hopes the fans again jam the 35 000-capacity Estadio de Bata to cheer them to victory.

“The fans will be the 12th man for Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday,” said the Argentine coach, who took charge of the Nzalang Nacional just 10 days to the kick-off of the biennial competition.


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