Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations foes, Burundi l, will depart for Qatar on Sunday to intensify their preparation for the tournament, reports Completesports.com.
Burundi will take on Nigeria in their opening Group B game before facing Guinea and Madagascar.
It is the first time that Burundi has qualified for a major tournament, and they remain massive outsiders to go all the way in Egypt this summer.
Burundi will face Algeria and Tunisia in a pre-tournament friendly in Qatar.
Recall that Burundi’s build-up has been rocked by the death of midfielder Papy Faty, who suffered a fatal heart attack last month, but outgoing Stoke City striker Saido Berahino is glad to see his teammates report back before jetting to Qatar to continue preparations this weekend.
“It’s important we start getting as much game preparation as possible before the camp, “Berahino said at a press conference.
“We fly to Qatar on Sunday and we start playing against better teams which will test us and give us that extra push to have us ready for the African Cup.
“Everybody in the team is looking forward to the African Cup. We’ve made history and some of the boys, I don’t think they’re going to play in a bigger tournament in their lives. Even myself, it’s the biggest tournament I’ll play in for the first time.
“We’re working very hard and God is going to help us, I know for sure.”
Meanwhile, Berahino has been introduced to the Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura as the whole squad got together for the first time before the Africa Cup of Nations.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.