With shocking qualification to the quarterfinals from some countries in Africa, the AFCON 2021 has taken a shocking turn since its commencement, with countries like Burkina Faso, Tunisia, and the Gambia having prevailed in the round of 16 against all odds.
Tunisia, now in the quarter-finals, is set to face Burkina Faso and will be attempting to win the most coveted trophy in Africa for the second time in AFCON 2021. The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their round of 16 fixture after finishing 3rd in the group stages. This came as a shocker to many because of the formidable run of Nigeria in the group stages of the AFCON 2021.
After the COVID-19 outbreak that limited the quality of the Tunisian side and back-to-back losses in the group stages of AFCON 2021, it is still shocking how Tunisia has made it this far, even when the odds were stacked against them.
Burkina Faso, as a country, is currently not in a good place after its military overthrew the democratic government. This questions how fit mentally this side would be ahead of their AFCON 2021 quarterfinals against Tunisia.
This is the third time both sides will meet in the African Cup of Nations and Burkina Faso has successfully defeated Tunisia in the two meetings on penalties.
Records don’t matter if the current form is shaky. With Tunisia losing three and winning two out of their last five matches in AFCON 2021, Burkina Faso looks like they stand a better chance after drawing the last three out of their last five matches. in the competition.
Date, start time, and location.
The kick-off for this fixture will be at 8 pm today, January 29, 2022, at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon.
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Tunisia would welcome players that missed the round of 16 fixture due to COVID-19, but Montassar Talbi would still stay out as he is still positive for the virus. Burkina Faso will go into this match without their key starter, Issoufou Dayo, who is in doubt after missing the game with Gabon as a result of an injury.
Burkina Faso’s expected lineup: Koffi; Kabore, Ouattara, Tapsoba, Yago; Nikiema, Guira, Sangare, Bande; Outtara, Traore.
Tunisia’s possible starting lineup is as follows: Said; Drager, Talbi, Ifa, Haddadi; Skhiri, Laidouni, Slimane; Khaziri, Jaziri, Msakni.
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