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“Burundi Won’t Be A Walk In The Park For Nigeria” - Saido Berahino Declares
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“Burundi Won’t Be A Walk In The Park For Nigeria” - Saido Berahino Declares

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Saido Berahino has warned the Super Eagles to expect a stern test in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations opening game against his team.

The Burundi captain has promised that the AFCON debutant will prove a tough nut to crack for the three-time African champions.

The Swallows who qualified for their maiden Afcon campaign as runners-up in Group C behind Mali during the qualifying series will play Saturday's encounter in Alexandria without any pressure according to Berahino.

“They don’t know us, they probably don’t watch our games, so that releases the pressure on us so we can play without any fear at all,” Burundi said, according to Reuters.

“That’s what we managed to show in the qualification and that’s why we went through the whole qualification unbeaten.

“We are not going to let them walk all over us; we will stand up like we did qualifying and let the best team win.”

Berahino who has spent many years in England with both Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion hopes his experience can be of help to the team.

"The day we qualified, you could see for the first time in the history of Burundi people united together, celebrating together, the whole town was going crazy for two or three days, and you could see the smile on their faces,” he continued.

“Being able to captain Burundi for the first time in such a tournament is a massive honour for me... there is a lot on my shoulders but with the experience I’ve gained in Europe, I’m sure I can pass it down to my teammates.”

Burundi will play fellow debutants Madagascar and Guinea in subsequent group games on June 27 and June 30 to wrap their Group B games.