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Burkina Faso v Tunisia – The Road to Final Four

Report by CAF

Date: 29 January 2022
Time: 10:00 PM (19:00 GMT)
Venue: Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua
Match: Burkina Faso v Tunisia

Burkina Faso locks horns with Tunisia in Garoua on Sunday evening, as the two teams search for a place in the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

Halfway towards the most prominent continental championship title, both Stallions and Carthage Eagles strive to move forward.

The 2004 champions Tunisia hope for a second title in their history, while Burkina Faso is still dreaming of a first historical trophy, after finishing runner-up for the 2013 edition in South Africa.

B21AJMN20Boureima Hassane Bande of Burkina Faso celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football match between Cape Verde v Burkina Faso34

Burkina Faso – History backs Stallions

Although they have never won the Africa Cup of Nations before, Burkina Faso is seen as one of the traditional teams in the tournament.

The Stallions won third place in their last participation in Gabon 2017, then missed the last edition in Egypt 2019.

Burkina Faso will be armed with history against Tunisia, as this is the third time both teams face in the quarterfinals. The Burkinabe won the two previous matches, at home in 1998 and in Gabon 2017.

Having finished second in Group A, Burkina Faso needed a penalty shootout to overtake Gabon and reach the quarterfinals.

Kamou Malo coach of Burkina Faso during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Burkina Faso Press Conference

What they said

Kamou Malo (Coach, Burkina Faso)

The next match is qualifying for the semifinals, so it is very difficult. We have determination to continue the journey and feel the responsibility. Our players are young and have the enthusiasm to win and continue their way.

Tunisia is a good and cohesive team, but our side is armed with spirit and determination. The game will not be played on paper, but on the field. We don’t think about the past, but the present is always more important. We have a young ambitious team, and we can write our present and future.

Adama Guira (Midfielder, Burkina Faso)

We are delighted to be in the quarterfinals, and we can’t wait for the match which will be as a final. All players are focused.

Our victory will contribute to easing things in our country and will make our people happy, and this is what we are striving for.

We have young players, but they are playing at the highest levels in Europe. The team is well prepared, and we are among the best in the tournament. We keep improving game after game.

Youssef Msakni of Tunisia celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Last 16 match between Nigeria and Tunisia

Tunisia – An ongoing dream

Despite qualifying with one win and two defeats, and among the best third-placed teams in the group stage, Tunisia team rebounded to perform huge in the Round of 16 against Nigeria’s Super Eagles, achieving a precious victory that secured their place in the quarterfinals.

This time, the Carthage Eagles hope to continue the dream, and reach the semifinals for the second time in a row, after Tunisia finished fourth in its last participation in Egypt 2019.

The Tunisians rely on experiences of stars Youssef Msakni and Wahbi Khazri, hoping that those returning from absence will add new strength in a tough match.

Tunisia assistant coach Jalel Kadri

What they said

Jalel Kadri (Assistant Coach, Tunisia)

Most of the teams that were candidates to play the quarterfinals are no longer here, and this indicates the strength of the competition.

All the teams in the quarterfinals are on the same level. The solidarity of the players and technical staff is what made us overcome the difficult circumstances and we do not have the luxury now to provide a level lower than the last match.

We respect all the teams, and we will treat Burkina Faso as the strongest candidates for the title. We have to think with that mentality if we want to get far.

We know that the match will be difficult in all aspects, but we will deal with it appropriately. I have confidence in all the players and each of them has a role in the game.

Wahbi Khazri (Midfielder, Tunisia)

Our weapon and source of strength has always been our collective and victorious spirit. We are happy with what we did against Nigeria, and we will continue to do the same against Burkina Faso. Against Nigeria we showed our ability to win.

We appreciate Burkina Faso very much because they are a very good team. We are in full focus. In football, we do not underestimate anyone, but we will show the world what we have.

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