Our football match prediction:
Despite taking the lead in the opening match of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign, hosts Gabon eventually shared the spoils with Guinea-Bissau at Stade d’Angondje. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his goal-scoring account in the tournament opener and, no doubt, the Borussia Dortmund attacker will pose a big threat for Burkina Faso defenders in Wednesday’s football match. The hosts are desperate to pick up all three points from their second group game and we predict that Jose Camacho’s men will adopt an attack-minded approach against Burkina Faso. Les Etalons were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to Cameroon in their opener (1-1) and that is the main reason why away win should not be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa, who used to play for the likes of Rennes, Hamburger and Freiburg in the past.
Highligted Player (Bruno Ecuele Manga):
Bruno Ecuele Manga is a defender who plays for Cardiff City and the Gabonese national football team. The player who was born on 16 July, 1988, began his senior career at FC 105 Libreville. In 2006 he signed a contract with Bordeaux B, making 40 appearances for the French outfit, but he did not play for the senior team. Manga played for the likes of Rodez, Angers and Lorient in France as well before joining Cardiff City on 1 September, 2014. The Gabonese defender signed a €5 million deal with the Championship side. On 1 November, 2014 Manga scored his first goal for the Bluebirds, finding the net in a 3-1 victory over Leeds United. Bruno Ecuele represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but les Pantheres were eliminated in the group stages of the tournament. Speaking of his individual honours, Manga was named Cardiff City Player of the Year for the 2014/2015 season.
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 Africa 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.