Cape Town - Burkina
Faso and Gabon will look to get their Group A campaign at the 2015 Africa Cup
of Nations off to a winning start when they meet at Estadio de Bata on
Saturday, 17 January.
Kick-off is set for 21h00 CAT.
Faso were the runners-up at the last Nations Cup tournament, losing 1-0 to
Nigeria in the final after putting together a fantastic campaign in South
Africa 2013. The Stallions will be appearing in their 10th
continental finals and aiming to once again compete for the trophy.
Paul Put, who has been in charge of the team since March 2012, oversaw a solid
qualifying campaign in which Burkina Faso ended second (behind Gabon) in their
preliminary group, losing just once. With Jonathan Pitroipa, the 2013 AFCON
player of the tournament, still at the height of his powers, most pundits
expect the Stallions to be one of the more attack-minded teams at the
have their own star in the shape of Borussia Dortmund attacker Pierre
Aubameyang. The lightning-quick 25-year-old scored two goals in qualifying to
help the Panthers finish top of their preliminary group (ahead of Burkina Faso)
with an impressive unbeaten record.
will be appearing in their sixth Nations Cup tournament in 2015. Their best
showing is reaching the quarterfinals, both in 1996 in South Africa and as
co-hosts in 2012.
teams have met in 17 previous official international matches and Gabon have
claimed six wins compared to Burkina Faso’s three, with the remaining eight
encounters ending in draws. Their last competitive meetings were in the
qualifiers for this very tournament – the Panthers won their home leg 2-0 in
Libreville, while the return match in Ouagadougou ended in a 1-1 draw.
Burkina Faso v Gabon
Faso wins: 3
Faso goals: 14