Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Cape Verde and Burkina Faso face each other at Stade Paul Biya in what is expected to be a close Group A game. Cape Verde kicked off their AFCON 2021 campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over ten-man Ethiopia, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Burkina Faso. Experienced attacker Julio Tavares should keep his place in the starting XI after scoring the winner against Ethiopia, as well as Olympiakos midfielder Garry Rodrigues.
Les Etalons, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to hosts Cameroon. Burkina Faso outplayed Cape Verde in each of their previous two meetings in competitive matches, and seeing that les Etalons want this win more than the Blue Sharks, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on the nominal visitors. Lassina Traore continues to miss out with injury for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Garry Rodrigues):
Garry Rodriguez is a Cape Verde international who was born in Rotterdam on November 27, 1990. Rodrigues started his youth career at his hometown club Feyenoord and in 2007 he moved to Real SC. The pacey winger made his senior debut as a XerxesDZB player during the 2009/2010 season and after scoring two goals in 15 appearances in the league, he left the club in 2011.
The Cape Verde footballer played for the likes of Rostocker, Boshuizen, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Levski Sofia, Elche and PAOK before joining Galatasaray in 2017. Rodrigues quickly established himself as a first team regular at Gala and he played an important role in Fatih Terim’s team that won the Turkish Super Lig in the 2017/2018 season.
Speaking of his international career, Garry Rodrigues made his debut for Cape Verde national team in August, 2013 against Gabon. The Galatasaray winger represented Cape Verde at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Burkina Faso):
Burkina Faso are an African football team that is controlled by the Federation Burkinabe de Foot-Ball. They were playing under the name of Upper Volta until 1984 when they became Burkina Faso. Les Etlons (the Stallions) defeated Gabon in their first international game (5-4) and they recorded their biggest win one year later (Liberia 5-1).
Burkina Faso have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, whilst they played an important role at the 2013 African Cup of Nations. By beating the likes of Togo and Ghana in the knockout stages the Stallions set up a meeting with Nigeria in the final of the tournament, but the Super Eagles eventually won the title. It has to be noted that Mba scored the winner for Nigeria in the title game.
Jonathan Pitroipa is probably the most notable footballer who played for Burkina Faso the former Rennes ace has 51 caps for the national team. Stade du 4-Aout, the venue that was opened in 1984, is regarded as Burkina Faso’s home ground.