Angola and Burkina Faso conclude their Africa Cup of Nations group-stage journey with a clash at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium, each eyeing victory to secure the top spot in Group D.
In a pulsating encounter at Stade de la Paix, Angola secured a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Mauritania’s Al-Murabitun. Gelson Dala opened the scoring for Pedro Goncalves’s men, but Sidi Bouna Amar leveled the score. Quickfire goals from Dala and Gilberto sealed the win, overshadowing Aboubakary Koita’s late strike.
This victory propelled the Black Sable antelopes to the summit of Group D, level on points with Burkina Faso, setting the stage for an intriguing encounter in Yamoussoukro.
The history between the teams has seen six meetings with two wins each and two draws, making this fixture a closely contested battle.
Angola, unbeaten in their last eight matches, exudes confidence, aiming to extend their impressive AFCON run against Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso, having played out a captivating 2-2 draw against Algeria, showcased resilience with Mohamed Konate and Bertrand Traore scoring, only to be pegged back twice by Baghdad Bounedjah.
Les Etalons, with four points from two AFCON matches, trail Angola on goal difference in a still open group. Unbeaten in seven of their last eight games across competitions, Burkina Faso presents a formidable challenge.
Angola’s AFCON form stands at DW, and their overall form in all competitions reveals a sequence of DDDWDW.
Burkina Faso, with AFCON form WD and overall form DWLWWD, aims to assert dominance and clinch the top spot, setting the stage for an exciting climax to their group-stage campaign.