Mali face off against Burkina Faso at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 on Tuesday (January 30).
The West African neighbours are meeting each other for the second time in the AFCON, following their clash in the 2004 edition. Mali and Burkina Faso have enjoyed local support more than any other teams in 2024, except hosts Cote D’Ivoire, where many of their fans live.
Les Aigles will look to extend their head-to head domination over Burkina Faso. Mali have seven wins over Burkina Faso, who have managed one draw in eight clashes. However, Burkina Faso look motivated and could upset their old foes.
Burkina Faso finished second in Group D with four points, behind leaders Angola, who had a near flawless run with seven points. Unlike Mali, who finished unbeaten in the group stage, Burkina Faso suffered a 2-0 setback against Angola in their last group game, where their defensive frailties were exposed.
Les Etalons are expected to fix those issues to avoid a similar fate. Mali are a pacy side, who proceed mostly through the flanks and could unsettle Burkina Faso’s static back. However, the team’s talisman Bertrand Troare, formerly of Chelsea, could come to their rescue.