AFCON 2021: Senegal Clash With Burkina Faso in Final Four Encounter, Winner To Face Either Egypt or Cameroon

AFCON 2021: Senegal Clash With Burkina Faso in Final Four Encounter, Winner To Face Either Egypt or Cameroon

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Senegal and Burkina Faso will meet in the first of two eagerly awaited semi-final clashes at AFCON 2021
  • Senegal will be looking to make their second appearance in a row in the finals of the African Cup of Nations
  • The winner of the match will meet either Egypt or Cameroon who will compete in the second semi-final

Senegal and Burkina Faso meet later tonight at AFCON 2021 in the first semi-final of the tournament.

Senegal heads into the encounter as slight favourites but will be wise not to underestimate an impressive Burkina Faso team.

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Premier League rivals will meet when Senegal take on Burkina Faso in the first semi-final of AFCON 2021. Image: Ulrik Pedersen/ Khaled Desouki
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Senegal’s road to the semi-final

Senegal go into the encounter looking to make it to their second consecutive AFCON final, Goal.Com reported. Despite their star-studded team over the years, The Lions of Teranga have never won the continental showpiece.

Senegal go into the match after beating Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in their quarter-final clash, The Guardian reported.

They topped their group ahead of Guinea and then beat Cape Verde in the round of 16 games.

Burkina Faso’s road to the semi-final

The Stallions have been impressive all tournament. Drawn in the same group as Cameroon, they finished second behind the hosts, only losing one game. In the round of 16, they beat Gabon on penalties to set up a clash with Tunisia. Once again The Stallions defied the odds and beat Tunisia 1-0.

Premier League stars to clash during the encounter

The semi-final between Burkina Faso and Senegal will also see Premier League stars face off.

Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa) will play against Senegal’s Édouard Mendy (Chelsea), Ismaïla Sarr (Watford), Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) and Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz has blasted Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o for claiming their semi final clash is war

Egypt head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has been provoked by statements made by the president of FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto'o, ahead of their semi-final clash on Thursday, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Samuel Eto'o was spotted in a video on social media charging his players to go all out in their game against Egypt as if it was a war. However, ahead of Thursday's game, Carlos Queiroz slammed the ex-Barcelona player for making such comments.

Egypt and Cameroon are the two most successful countries at the Africa Cup of Nations, with 12 titles between them. Thursday's match is seen as a battle of supremacy with the winner tipped to emerge champions.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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