Burundi Names Final 23-Man Squad For AFCON; Saido Berahino To Lead Side
Head Coach for the Burundi National team, Olivier Niyungeko has named his final 23-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament set to be hosted by Egypt next week.
The squad which is made up of only foreign-based players is headlined by Saido Berahino who has been playing his football in England for the past 5 seasons. The Stoke City attacker will be the man to carry the team on his shoulders and bang in the goals to ensure they progress past the group stage.
Nonetheless, expectations are low for the side due to the fact that this is the first time they will be making an appearance at the continental showdown. They are poised to make history and are being tipped to be the surprise team this year’s AFCON at the end of the tournament.
Burundi has been drawn in Group B of the tournament and will come up against Nigeria, Guinea, and Madagascar at the preliminary stage.
Below is the final 23-man squad for the tournament:
Jonathan Nahimana (KMC, Tanzania), Justin Ndikumana (Sofapaka, Kenya), Mac Arthur Arakaza (Lusaka Dybamos, Zambia)
Defenders: Moussa Omar (Sofapaka, Kenya), Christophe Nduwarugira (Amora FC, Portugal), Abdoul Karim Nizigiyimana Vipers SC, Uganda), Frederic Nsabiyumva (Chippa United, South Africa), David Nshimirimana (Mukura, Rwanda), Omar Ngando (AS Kigali, Rwanda)
Pierre Kwizera dit Pierrot (Al-Orouba, Oman), Gael Bigirimana (Hibernian, Scotland), Gael Duhayindavyi (Mukura, Rwanda), Shassiri Nahimana (Al-Mujazzal, Saudi Arabia), Enock Sabumukama (Zesco United, Zambia)
Shabani Hussein (Ethiopian Coffee, Ethiopia), Mohamed Amissi (NAC Breda, Holland), Selemani Ndikumana (Al-Adalh, Saudi Arabia), Cedric Amissi (Al-Taawoun, Saudi Arabia), Mustafa Francis (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Saido Berahino (Stoke City, England), Fiston Abdoul Razak (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Laudit Mavugo (NAPSA Stars, Zambia), Elvis Kamsoba (Melbourne Victory, Australia).