Burkina Faso's head coach, Hubert Velud, anticipates a challenging encounter as the Stallions face Mali in a crucial Round of 16 clash at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The match is scheduled to kick off at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Tuesday night.
Mali enters the game after a goalless draw against Namibia, securing their top spot in Group E. Meanwhile, Burkina Faso finished second in Group D, with a defeat against Angola and a draw with Algeria.
Both teams report no injury concerns ahead of the critical Round of 16 clash, and they are expected to field their strongest starting XIs. Mali's coach, Eric Chelle, acknowledges the need for a turnover and a change of system due to player fatigue, emphasizing the importance of effective physical preparation for the upcoming match. Burkina Faso's coach, Hubert Velud, expresses confidence in facing Mali, highlighting the different nature of the upcoming match compared to the group stage encounters.
Players to watch in the match include Mali's Yves Bissouma, a crucial player recovering from illness, and Burkina Faso's Bertrand Traore, a powerful forward who has been impactful off the bench. The head-to-head record favors Mali, having secured four wins in the last five matches against Burkina Faso in all competitions. The stage is set for an intense Round of 16 showdown between the two teams.