Burundi reveal squad for historic first AFCON appearance
Burundi coach Olivier Niyungeko has announced his final team list for the African Cup of Nations 2019 which is scheduled to kick off in Egypt on June 21.
Burundi have made history after reaching their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations finals finishing ahead of South Sudan and Gabon in the qualifiers’ Group C to qualify along with Mali who lead the group.
The Swallows’ squad contained a lot of unknown names for football fans and followers, with that said it featured former Stoke City striker Saido Berahino.
Burundi were drawn in Group B and will compete against Nigeria in their primary fixture on June 22, before taking on Madagascar and Guinea on June 27 and June 30, respectively.
Burundi full squad:
Goalkeepers: MacArthur Arakaza, Justin Ndikumana (Sofapaka), Jonathan Nahimana (Vital’O).
Defenders: Omar Moussa (Sofapaka), Christophe Nduwarugira (Uniao Madeira), Omar Ngando (Kigali), Abdoul Karim Nizigiymana (Vipers), Frederic Nsabiyumva (Chippa Utd), David Nshimirimana (Mukura Victory).
Midfielders: Gael Bigirimana (unattached), Gael Duhayindavyi (Mukura Victory), Pierre Kwizera (Al-Orouba), Shassir Nahimana (Al-Mujazzal), Enock Nsabumukama (Zesco Utd), Hussein Shabani (Coffee).
Forwards: Cedric Amissi (Al-Taawoun), Mohamed Amissi (NAC Breda), Saido Berahino (Stoke City), Elvis Kasomba (Melbourne Victory), Laudit Mavugo (Napsa Stars), Francis Mustafa (Gor Mahia), Selemani Yamini Ndikumana (Al-Adalh), Fiston Abdoul Razak (JS Kabylie).
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