East African nation Burundi will make history on Saturday when their national team kicks their first ball in the continent’s biggest football competition- the Africa Cup of nations.
The young nation qualified for the first time when they squeezed through a qualifying group that had South Sudan, Mali and Gabon.
Despite their naivety, their head coach Olivier Niyungeko has cautioned opponents that they are not in Egypt for holiday but to compete.
“We are not here on holiday or sight-seeing in Egypt. We want to compete with the rest of the continent’s big teams and see whether we can qualify for the round of 16. There is no pressure on us though because we are here for the first time,” stated coach Olivier Niyungeko.
They start their campaign against Nigeria on Saturday night, then play fellow debutants Madagascar on June 26 before facing Guinea on June 30 in their group C schedule.