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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Burundi

Monday 17/June/2019 - 03:09 PM
Sada El Balad
Translated by: Mohamed Emad

The Burundi national football team is nicknamed The Swallows in the. The team has never qualified for the World Cup.

Burundi previously did come very close to qualifying for the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations، losing only on penalties to Guinea in a playoff، however، in 2019، it qualified for the very first time and will take part in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2019.


Nickname: Les Hirondelles
Previous appearances: None
After a 43-year journey which started in 1976، Burundi finally arrived at the promise land in 2019. Together with Mauritania and Madagascar، they are first timers amongst the 24 finalists.

Key Facts
Burundi remained unbeaten in their qualification group for the 2019 competition، winning two and drawing four of their six matches.
Only Odion Ighalo (7) scored more goals in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying than Burundi’s Fiston Abdul Razak (6). Razak netted four goals in one match away at South Sudan in the qualifying campaign.

Burundi (Group B)
Goalkeepers: MacArthur Arakaza، Justin Ndikumana (both SofapakaKEN)، Jonathan Nahimana (Vital’O)

Defenders: Omar Moussa (SofapakaKEN)، Christophe Nduwarugira (Uniao MadeiraPOR)، Omar Ngando (KigaliRWA)، Abdoul Karim Nizigiymana (VipersUGA)، Frederic Nsabiyumva (Chippa UtdRSA)، David Nshimirimana (Mukura VictoryRWA)

Midfielders: Gael Bigirimana (unattached)، Gael Duhayindavyi (Mukura VictoryRWA)، Pierre Kwizera (Al-OroubaOMA)، Shassir Nahimana (Al-MujazzalKSA)، Enock Nsabumukama (Zesco UtdZAM)، Hussein Shabani (CoffeeETH)

Forwards: Cedric Amissi (Al-TaawounKSA)، Mohamed Amissi (NAC BredaNED)، Saido Berahino (Stoke CityENG)، Elvis Kasomba (Melbourne VictoryAUS)، Laudit Mavugo (Napsa StarsZAM)، Francis Mustafa (Gor MahiaKEN)، Selemani Yamini Ndikumana (Al-AdalhKSA)، Fiston Abdoul Razak (JS KabylieALG)

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