Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 v Mauritania 🇲🇷 2 pm Burkina Faso will start their campaign against fellow West Africans, Mauritania. The 2013 runners-up have
Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 v Mauritania 🇲🇷
Burkina Faso will start their campaign against fellow West Africans, Mauritania. The 2013 runners-up have been incredible in AFCON recently as they have become one of the most difficult teams to break down. With Bertran Traore leading The Stallions, expectations are high back home to beat Mauritania to gather momentum for the group.
Mauritanian football is on the rise after qualifying for their third successive AFCON. Nouadhibou in the CAF Champions League shows how far football has reached in Mauritania.
Head coach Amir Abou worked wonders with minnows Comoros in the 2021 AFCON as they eliminated Ghana. He is expected to work wonders with Mauritania in Ivory Coast.
Tunisia 🇹🇳 v Namibia 🇳🇦
The Eagles of Carthage will square off against Namibia in Group E. Tunisia will make a record 16 consecutive AFCON appearances as they have immense experience at this level although recent results have been inconsistent.
Namibia is led by Mamelodi Sundowns hitman, Peter Shalulile as the underdogs but you cannot entirely write off the Brave Warriors. Namibia doesn’t have many superstars but can be harmful on any day as they exhibited against Cameroon in the qualifiers.
Mali 🇲🇱 v South Africa 🇿🇦
The Bafana Bafana of South Africa will kick off their 2023 AFCON campaign with a huge fixture against Mali. Hugo Broos knows how it feels to win the AFCON as he said yesterday ahead of the game in the pre-match conference. South Africa’s problem has been scoring as Lyle Fosters who they were expecting to lead them unavail himself for the tournament. Bafana Bafana has an incredible spine of Mamalodi Sundowns as Hugo Broos will draw inspiration from alongside Al Ahly Cairo’s inform Percy Tau.
Eric Chelle has a plethora of stars at his disposal to torment Bafana Bafana. Mali has flattered to deceive over the years and a good start is needed against Bafana Bafana. Bissouma Yves is a powerful midfielder who has everything a modern-day midfielder needs. He is expected to lead Mali’s midfield alongside Aliou Dieng and Mohamed Camara.