Berahino, Niyungeko Boast Burundi Are Ready For Nigeria, Other AFCON 2019 Group B Foes

Berahino, Niyungeko Boast Burundi Are Ready For Nigeria, Other AFCON 2019 Group B Foes

Burundi star striker, Saido Berahino and coach Olivier Niyungeko have thrown down the gauntlet ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Alexandria on Saturday, June 22, reports.

The former Stoke City forward, Berahino, captained his side and featured for 75 minutes as Burundi held Algeria to a 1-1 draw in a pre-AFCON friendly game in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.

The Swallows’ first ever AFCON finals match is against three-time champions, the Super Eagles on Saturday, June 22. They will face Madagascar on Thursday, June 27 before rounding off their Group A campaign against on Sunday, June 30.

He says the Swallows are ready to hoist their country’s flag high in Egypt.

Berahino’s optimism of a good outing in Egypt is hinged on the Swallows’s team spirit and resilience which saw them qualify for their maiden appearance in AFCON finals against all expectations.


Burundi captain Saido Berahino (r) shakes hands with Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez before their pre-AFCON friendly in Doha

“I want to reassure the Burundian people that we are ready to defend the national colors in Egypt,” said Berahino who represented England at youth levels before switching international allegiance to Burundi in 2018.

“Our strength is based on team solidarity. It helped us through the qualifiers and we hope it will help us in the tournament proper.”

Coach Olivier Niyungeko shares Berahino’s confidence, adding that the Swallows players need to play for national pride.

“I know clearly that the Group B in which we belong is very hard. But do not forget we did not lose in the qualifiers,” Niyungeko said.

“I hope the players will represent the country with dignity and be able to get far in the competition.”

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  • Ndubuisi 6 months ago

    Wow can’t wait to see how you guys will perform the magic

  • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

    Watch this space, Olivier Niyungeko will be the next name on Omo9ja’s lip now…Lolz.

    • Mr. Nice 6 months ago

      please ooo forgive omo9ja naa……. lolz

      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        Lolz…My oga…jus dey watch…any coach that can brag like this is a good coach. That’s his only metrics of coaching prowess….braggadocio. lol

    • Ndubuisi 6 months ago


  • ok, we are waiting

  • Una go chop am, Burundi. We no be mate.

  • mutum 6 months ago

    pls friends who should be our top 9…personally,ighalo shouldn’t lead out attack based on his lack of consistency in the eagles. we are short of good “top man” in this team. the only positive up front is that everybody can score for the team,from onyekuru,kalu,simon,musa.
    I personally think onoachu should start ahead of igahlo,what r ur opinions pls?

    • Dipsy 6 months ago

      Would our opinion count against Rohr’s choicest?
      Please let the coach work for his money…lol

  • MUNA GLOBAL 6 months ago

    Onuachu kill u th€r€.

  • matsho 6 months ago

    As far as our opening match is concerned with Gernot Rohr ,Ighalo will be the top striker.Onuachu may come in as a substitute later or starts from the second match if Ighalo fumbles in the first match.

  • @Mutum of late he has been consistent for S