Burundi, Niger clash for pride in Niamey

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On 4 September 2016 saa 12:28
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With qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations out of the question, Burundi and Niger will have nothing put pride to play for when cross swords at Stade Général Seyni Kountché on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm CAT.

Niger occupy bottom spot in Group K after five rounds of fixtures, having accumulated three points from their allotted fixtures. That win came over Namibia in the first round of qualifiers last year.

Since then, Niger have suffered four successive defeats to end their hopes of a third appearance at the Afcon - having qualified for both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the continental tournament.

As for Burundi, a shock 3-1 defeat to Namibia in March all but killed their hopes of qualifying for a first Afcon. The Swallows responded with victory in Windhoek, but it was too little too late as Senegal cruised to yet another Afcon tournament.

The Lions of Teranga boast an unblemished record with five wins from five matches.

Former Bidvest Wits midfielder Papy Faty is in Niamey with the Swallows, as well as Bloemfontein Celtic forward - Burundi’s favourite son - Fiston Abdul Razak. The forward is the joint top-scorer in the competition with five goals from as many matches.

In the reverse fixture, goals from Razak and Abbas Nshimirimana secured a 2-0 win over Ménas in Bujumbura 12 months ago.