This is the first encounter between Cape Verde and Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations history.
Following their first match defeat to Cameroon on Sunday, it is expected that Burkina Faso will play all their cards against the Cape Verdeans to relaunch in the competition and hope for a place in the next round.
For the Burkina Faso coach, Kamou Malo, who returns to the team after a few days of absence due to COVID-19, the match against Cape Verde will be decisive. “We have recovered several players for our meeting on Thursday. We will play with all our strength to win this match and go as far as possible,” said Burkina Faso coach.
● After their 1-0 victory in their first match, Cape Verde are looking to remain unbeaten in their opening two games at the Africa Cup of Nations, having also done so in their two previous participations (two draws in 2013 and in 2015).
● Cape Verde have only lost one of their eight matches at the Africa Cup of Nations (W2 D5), while they’ve kept clean sheets in each of their last three games in the competition.
● Burkino Faso lost 2-1 against hosts Cameroon in their first match at this year’s AFCON; they last suffered consecutive defeats in a single edition of the tournament in 2012, when they lost all three group matches.
● Burkina Faso’s Gustavo Sangaré scored on his first AFCON appearance against Cameroon, while also created four goal-scoring chances for his teammates, the most of any player in the game. He’s looking to become the first Burkina Faso player to score in consecutive matches in the competition since Alain Sibiri Traoré in January 2013.