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Afcon qualifier:Burundi ready to battle South Sudan

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Burundi will host South Sudan in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Swallows have never participated in the AFCON finals, but they came close to qualifying for the 1994 tournament – losing to Guinea on penalties in a play-off.

Burundi’s last match was against Tanzania in an international friendly in March 2017. Tanzania edged out the Swallows 2-1 in Dar-es-Saalam.

Laudit Mavungo, who netted for the Swallows against Tanzania, will be keen to score again and help Burundi beat South Sudan in a Group C clash.

Meanwhile, South Sudan have never have qualified for the AFCON finals – having played their first international match in 2011.

The Bright Stars defeated Somalia in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers in April 2017. South Sudan won 4-1 on aggregate.

James Saeed Mogan is one of the Bright Stars’ key players and the forward will be looking to inspire his side to victory over Burundi in the Group C clash.

Mali and Gabon are also part of Group C and the two sides will lock horns at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on Saturday.

About Collins Okinyo

Appointed by CAF President Dr.Ahmad as CAF Media Expert. An expert on African football with over 13 years experience ,always with an ear to the ground with indepth knowledge of the game. I have worked for top publications including 7 years at www.supersport.com until i founded www.soka25east.com to quench the thirst of football lovers across the continent. I have trained young upcoming journalists who are now a voice in African football.I have covered World Cup,AFCON,CHAN,Champions League,Confederations Cup,Cecafa,Cosafa,Wafu and many other football tournaments across the World. Founder Football Africa Arena(FAA),Founder www.afrisportdigital.com

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