Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
A place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final will be at stake when Burkina Faso and Senegal face each other at Japoma Stadium on Wednesday evening. Burkina Faso aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tunisia, but they will have a big fish to fry against the Lions of Teranga. To make things even worse for the nominal hosts, talented forward Dango Ouattara, who scored the winner in the quarter-finals, misses the Senegal game through suspension.
Sadio Mane and Co, on the other hand, booked their place in the final by beating Equatorial Guinea 3-1. Senegal are more of a team than Burkina Faso, and we predict that the Lions of Teranga are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Cheikhou Kouyate is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in the triumph over Equatorial Guinea.
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 (Senegal):
The Senegaesel national football team made their first appearance at Africa Cup of Nations back in 1965, with the team finishing the tournament in fourth place. The Lions of Teranga booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2002 (for the first time) and they did remarkably well to make it to the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Senegal defeated Sweden in the last 16, with Henri Camara scoring the winner for the African team in the extra time. The Lions of Teranga have yet to win the African Cup of Nations, but they made it to the final of the tournament in 2002. Senegal faced Cameroon in the title game and they were more than unfortunate to lose the Africa Cup of Nations final on penalties.
Former Liverpool ace El Hadji Diouf is probably the most famous footballer who played for the Senegalese national team. Senegal play their home games at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor and the capacity of the venue is 60,000.