FACTBOX-Soccer-Profile on Burundi team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

Factbox on African Cup of Nations qualifiers Burundi:

June 17 (Reuters) - Factbox on African Cup of Nations qualifiers Burundi:

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: none

Drawn in Group B with Guinea, Madagascar and Nigeria.

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Coach: Olivier Niyungeko

A first major assignment on the international stage for the 48-year-old, who has been in charge of Burundi for the last three years and steered them to qualification for the first time.

He made his name domestically when he took club side Flambeau de l’Est to a maiden title in 2013, making them the first side from outside the capital Bujumbura to win the league.

He then served as assistant to Algerian Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek before taking over as coach himself.

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Key player: Saido Berahino. Age: 25. Forward.

A refugee from the tribal violence in Burundi who settled in Britain with his family while still a child, Berahino was on track to play for England until his career went off the rails. Disciplinary issues dogged his time at West Bromwich Albion and in April this year Stoke City reportedly fired him after a drink-driving conviction.

Berahino switched his international allegiance to the country of his birth last August, scored on his debut and has since been made captain.

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FIFA world ranking June 2019: 134

How they qualified: Second-placed team in Group C, behind Mali but ahead of Gabon and South Sudan.


Goalkeepers: MacArthur Arakaza (Lusaka Dynamos), Jonathan Nahimana (KMC), Justin Ndikumana (Sofapaka)

Defenders: Christophe Nduwarugira (Amora FC), Omar Ngando (AS Kigali), Abdoul Karim Nizigiyimana (Vipers), Frederic Nsabiyumva (Chippa United), David Nshimirimana (Mukura Victory), Moussa Omar (Sofapaka)

Midfielders: Gael Bigirimana (Hibernian), Gael Duhayindavyi (Mukura Victory), Mustafa Francis (Gor Mahia), Pierre Kwizera (Al Orouba), Shassiri Nahimana (Al Mujazzal), Enock Sabumukama (Zesco United)

Forwards: Fiston Abdoul Razak (JS Kabylie), Cedric Amissi (Al Taawoun), Mohamed Amissi (NAC Breda), Saido Berahino (unattached), Shabani Hussein (Ethiopian Coffee), Elvis Kamsoba (Melbourne Victory), Laudit Mavugo (Napsa Stars), Selemani Ndikumana (Al Adalh).

(Editing by Clare Fallon)


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