Burkina Faso locks horns with Tunisia in Garoua on Sunday evening, as the two teams search for a place in the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.
Halfway towards the most prominent continental championship title, both Stallions and Carthage Eagles strive to move forward.
The 2004 champions Tunisia hope for a second title in their history, while Burkina Faso is still dreaming of a first historical trophy, after finishing runner-up for the 2013 edition in South Africa.
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Burkina Faso will be armed with history against Tunisia, as this is the third time both teams face in the quarterfinals. The Burkinabe won the two previous matches, at home in 1998 and in Gabon 2017.
Having finished second in Group A, Burkina Faso needed a penalty shootout to overtake Gabon and reach the quarterfinals.
Despite qualifying with one win and two defeats, and among the best third-placed teams in the group stage, Tunisia team rebounded to perform huge in the Round of 16 against Nigeria’s Super Eagles, achieving a precious victory that secured their place in the quarterfinals.
This time, the Carthage Eagles hope to continue the dream, and reach the semifinals for the second time in a row, after Tunisia finished fourth in its last participation in Egypt 2019.
The Tunisians rely on experiences of stars Youssef Msakni and Wahbi Khazri, hoping that those returning from absence will add new strength in a tough match.
Here is how both teams line up
Burkina Faso Starting XI
HERVÉ KOFFI (GK) (C)
Tunisia Starting XI
BECHIR BEN SAÏD (GK)
ANIS BEN SLIMANE
AÏSSA BILAL LAIDOUNI
YOUSSEF MSAKNI (C)