Cape Town - Equatorial
Guinea will look to rub further salt into the wounds of Burkina Faso when the
teams meet for their second Group A clash at the Africa Cup of Nations on
Wednesday. Kick-off at Estadio de Bata is set for 18h00 CAT.
host nation’s team put up an impressive performance for most of the opening
match against Congo on Saturday evening, but tired toward the end and were
eventually held to a 1-1 draw.
did let it slip at the end, we were meant to win. But we left a great
impression out there,” said Nzalang Nacional coach Esteban Becker in the
aftermath of the match.
had 15 days to prepare with them and there are also a lot of new, young
players. It was difficult to plan to try and peak all the preparations."
Equatorial Guinea face the task of trying to upset 2013 AFCON runners-up
Stallions suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at the hands of Gabon in their opening
match, with goals from Pierre Aubameyang and Malick Evouna condemning them to a
Faso Coach Paul Put criticised his team for wasting numerous scoring chances
against Gabon, and has urged his players to prove their hunger for victory when
they face the host side.
hope we will do better in front of goal in the next match, which will be vital.
It is up to us to prove that we want to qualify for the next round," said
Nacional will again look to the creative talents of Kike, Javier Balboa, Iban
and goal-scorer Emilio Nsue as they try to hand Burkina Faso a second defeat
and boost their own hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals.The
Stallions, meanwhile, will hope that the likes of Charles Kabore, Alain Traore
and Jonathan Pitroipa improve their level of play.
Coach Put may also opt to
include striker Aristide Bance from the start, having left him on the bench for
most of the match against Gabon.