This battle of countries making their first appearance at
the Cup of Nations has huge significance for both the Swallows and the Malagasy
Ordinarily, it would be a dead-rubber. Nigeria became the
first side to qualify for the last 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a
win over Guinea on Wednesday.
But there’s the added bonus that four of the six third-place
teams in Egypt will also advance.
Burundi and Madagascar have it all to play for.
Burundi were a well-organised outfit when losing 1-0 to a
late Odion Ighalo goal for three-time champions Nigeria in Mediterranean city
Madagascar impressed going forward but were often suspect at
the back when exceeding expectations by drawing 2-2 with Guinea, who lacked
star Naby Keita for most of the match.
Add to that the fact that these two sides haven’t met before
and we could be in for an unexpectedly interesting match.
Prediction, head-to-head and TV stream
Tough one to call. For many reasons. Burundi are favourites
with a 37% win probability. The draw is at 32% and a win for Madagascar is at
These two sides have never played each other before.
Where and what time to watch
Kick off is at 16:30 SAST.
In Africa, SuperSport 4 and 10 will broadcast the match and
the opening ceremony.
Elsewhere: Eurosport Player (UK) and beIN Sports Connect