Two-time champions Algeria will be looking to win their first game at the Africa Cup of Nations since beating Senegal in the 2019 final when they take on Burkina Faso at Stade de la Paix on Saturday in the second round of group games.
The Desert Warriors have had a torrid last couple of years. They were one of the standout teams in world football in late 2021 before being dumped out at the group stage in the 2021 AFCON and then failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. And Djamel Belmadi’s side are at risk of facing yet another shock group stage exit after they were held to a 1-1 draw by minnows Angola in their Group D opener.
Group D toppers Burkina Faso will look to pounce on Algeria’s recent woes in Bouake on Saturday. Having reached at least the semi-finals in three of their last four AFCON appearances, the Stallions edged past Mauritania 1-0 in their opener thanks to a 96th-minute match-winning penalty from Bertrand Traore