Senegal and Burkina Faso… the leaders’ struggle between Sadio Mane and Traore
Senegal and Burkina Faso… the leaders’ struggle between Sadio Mane and Traore in the semi-finals
Senegal will face Burkina Faso at 9:00 pm on Wednesday at Ahmed Ohedgo Stadium in Yaounde in the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup, which is currently being held in Cameroon and will continue until February 6.
Wednesday’s match is the third confrontation between Burkina Faso and Senegal in the history of the African Cup of Nations, but it is the first in the semi-finals. Senegal won the first with three goals to one, and settled the second negative tie.
There are certainly two players who will be the focus of everyone’s attention in this match, most notably Bertrand Traore on the Burkinabe side and Sadio Mane on the Senegalese front, two of the leaders who have already contributed to their teams reaching the top.
Of the five matches that Burkina Faso has played since the tournament began, Bobo Dioulasso’s son has played three, and Traore remains one of the key players even if he admits to having tactical plans without his star player.
The Burkina Faso coach said of Traore: “I have a lot of respect for him, for his experience and his career with the national team. Bertrand plays in one of the biggest tournaments in the world. He is the captain of the team in the locker room,” adding: “I think this player will be great in the role before The final and final.
At the age of 26, the Aston Villa striker is looking to go as far as possible with the horses, with the aim of winning their first title in the African Cup of Nations.
The 29-year-old Liverpool winger is playing for the fourth time in the African Nations Championship with the Teranga Lions, and Sadio Mane remains one of the main elements in Aliou Cisse’s squad.
Where he participated in all five matches played by the Teranga Lions team since the beginning of the competition, and scored two goals so far.
The best player in Africa 2019 dreams of handing his country its first title in the African Cup of Nations on February 6, after losing the title narrowly in June 2019 when the Teranga Lions team lost the final against Algeria in Cairo.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) appointed Malak Tesema as a referee for the match between Burkina Faso and Senegal in the 2021 African Cup of Nations.
He is assisted by Ibrahim Abdullah Muhammad and Gilbert Cherriot, as assistant referees, and Peter and Oiro Kamako as fourth referee, while the video room is managed by the referee, Radwan Gaid, and assisted by Bushra Karboubi and Fathia Jarmoumi.