Our prediction for this match:
After securing their place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, Egypt will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Burundi in a friendly international. The Egyptians are still seen as one of the teams to beat in Africa, and they are surely capable of defeating Burundi in Barcelona. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Mohamed Salah, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Les Hirondelles, on the other hand, missed out on a place at the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the nominal visitors. In the previous meeting between the two teams Egypt rolled over Burundi 3-0, and, taking everything into account, we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
Highlighted Team (Burundi):
Controlled by the Football Federation of Burundi, Burundi are the African team that usually play their home games at Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium. The Swallows wear red shirts and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, whilst the team’s away colours are blue and red.
Back in 1964 Burundi played their first international game against Uganda, with the team suffering a heavy 7-0 loss to the Cranes. The Swallows recorded their biggest win against Djibouti on March 11, 2017, whereas they suffered their biggest defeat on December 24, 1977 against Congo (0-8).
The African side have yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Burundi will face the likes of Nigeria, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B on their debut at the tournament, meaning that they have slim chances of making it to the knockout stages.