Senegal coach Aliou Cisse
  • Wednesday February 02, 2022
  • Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, Yaounde 10pm (EAT)

Burkina Faso coach Kamou Malo and his counterpart Aliou Cisse of Senegal anticipate a tough game when their two sides meet in the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies Afcon on Wednesday.

The clash at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde pits two West African giants who are yet to taste African glory despite playing in a combined three finals.

The Lions of Teranga played in the 2002 and 2019 finals losing to Cameroon and Algeria respectively while the Stallions lost to Nigeria in South Africa in 2013.

What they said

Kamou Malo (Coach, Burkina Faso)

“Personally, I achieved my goal, but as a competitor I aim to win the trophy next Sunday. We are determined to go all the way to win the title. Against Senegal, a great footballing country, we have to be ourselves. The main thing is to play our usual game.”

Aliou Cissé (Coach, Senegal)

“We prepared well for our semi-final against Burkina Faso, even if we didn’t have a lot of time. We focused on recovery. We know Burkina Faso team well; they remain a good team that is progressing with good players. We are expecting a difficult match, but we are ready. I am thinking of doing everything to pass this milestone of the semi-finals. We hope and work to win this African title. We have never doubted our abilities. Our desire is to play the grand final on February 6th”

Key Stats (compiled by CAF website)

  • This will be the third Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Burkina Faso and Senegal and the first in the knock-out rounds, with Senegal unbeaten in the previous two matches in the group stages (W1 D1).
  • Burkina Faso will play in their fourth semi-final match at the Africa Cup of Nations, having been eliminated in two of their previous three – last progressing to the final in 2013 (3-2 on penalties against Ghana).
  • Senegal have won five of their last six knock-out matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just twice – with their only defeat the 2019 final, against Algeria (1-0).
  • Senegal could reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time – no team have played in more finals (2) without ever winning, while the Lions of Teranga could become the first side to play in consecutive finals since Egypt in 2010.
  • Senegal’s Sadio Mané has scored seven goals from 27 shots at the Africa Cup of Nations since the start of 2017, with a shot conversion rate of 26% – only Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo (5/12 – 42%) has a better ratio among players to score four or more in that time.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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