Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
A spot in the AFCON 2021 quarter-finals will be at stake when Burkina Fason and Gabon take on each other in Limbe on Sunday afternoon. Burkina Faso did well to clinch second place in Group A, but their display in a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia was anything but promising. Lassina Traore remains in the recovery room, but Aston Villa ace Bertrand Traore is back, and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Gabon, on the other hand, have yet to suffer a loss at the showpiece tournament in Cameroon. Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out with a heart problem, meaning that the Panthers are going to rely on their solid defence in Sunday’s clash. A low-scoring affair is on the cards at Limbe Stadium, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. Mario Lemina should miss out with injury, but Axel Meye is fit for the match.
Highlighted Player (Bertrand Traore):
Bertrand Traore is a pacey left-footed winger who plays for Ajax on loan from Chelsea. The Burkina Faso footballers scored 17 goals in 48 league appearances for Vitesse before joining Ajax on 12 August, 2016. Traore made his Ajax debut in a 2-2 draw with Roda, coming as a substitute in the second half of the game.
He made his Champions League debut for the Amsterdammers against Rostov on August, 2016. Bertrand, though, is still a Chelsea player and his contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit expires on 30 June, 2019. Traore a winger, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well.
The Burkina Faso footballer was born on 6 September, 1995 and he made his debut for the Burkina Faso national team on 3 September, 2011 in a friendly game against Equatorial Guinea. The same year he won the Africa under 17 championship with Burkina Faso as the Stallions defeated Rwanda in the final of the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Gabon):
Gabon made their international debut in April 1960, with the team participating in L’Amitie tournament and it has to be noted that les Pantheres (the Panthers) were beaten by Burkina Faso in their first match. The Gabonese national football team have yet to participate at the World Cup finals, but they did well to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on two occasions.
Les Pantheres were eliminated by Tunisia at the 1996 African Cup of Nations, while Mali proved to be a big catch for Gabon at the 2012 tournament. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is probably the most notable footballer who plays for Gabon and the Borussia Dortmund striker scored three goals for the national team at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, but he missed a penalty in the quarter-finals against Mali.
Gabon clinched the UNIFAC Cup title in 1999, while winning UDEAC Championship in 1985 and 1988. Stade Omar Bongo is considered Gabon’s home stadium.