Burkina Faso and Tunisia will clash today in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at Roumde Adjia Stadium on Saturday. But national football team head coach Kamou Malo has laughed off claims Burkina Faso are the AFCON favourites to win here.
Meanwhile, Tunisia assistant coach Jalel Kadri has said they will treat Burkina Faso as the strongest candidates for the title.
“Most of the teams that were candidates to play the quarter-finals are no longer here, and this indicates the strength of the competition. All the teams in the quarter-finals are on the same level,” said Kadri.
But actually, in thew two teams’ meetings hitherto, Tunisia lost the 1998 and 2017 AFCON quarter-finals to Burkina Faso.
“The solidarity of the players and technical staff is what made us overcome the difficult circumstances and we do not have the luxury now to provide a level lower than the last match. We respect all the teams, and we will treat Burkina Faso as the strongest candidates for the title, Kadri continued.
The Tunisia coach concluded: “We have to think with that mentality if we want to get far. We know that the match will be difficult in all aspects, but we will deal with it appropriately. I have confidence in all the players and each of them has a role in the game.”
Malo Has Laughed off Claims Burkina Faso Are the AFCON Favourites
Before their third meeting, as Burkina Faso midfielder Adama Guira also commented (football news), Burkinable’s Malo believes history won’t count.
Malo’s players will not think about the past, wherein they beat Tunisia twice, but the present “which is always important.”
“The next match is qualifying for the semi-finals, so it is very difficult. We have determination to continue the journey and feel the responsibility,” Malo said as quoted by CafOnline.
“Our players are young and have the enthusiasm to win and continue their way. Tunisia is a good and cohesive team, but our side is armed with spirit and determination.
“The game will not be played on paper, but on the field. We don’t think about the past, but the present is always more important. We have a young ambitious team, and we can write our present and future.”