Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinea return to African Nations Cup action on Wednesday hoping passionate home support can propel them towards the knockout phase when they face a strong Burkina Faso team who need a win.
Burkina Faso have retained most of the side who reached the final of the last edition but have put themselves under some pressure after losing their opening Group A match on Saturday to Gabon, even though they had a host of chances to win it.
Equatorial Guinea conceded a late equaliser that denied them a famous win in the tournament`s opening match against Congo, also on Saturday, which ended 1-1.
Congo play Gabon in Wednesday’s second match of the double-header bill at Estadio de Bata where they also need a result.
The Congo squad have had to overcome several hotel and transport problem which upset their veteran coach Claude Le Roy.
Gabon, who beat Burkina Faso 2-0 on Saturday, will take a big step towards a quarter-final place with another win.
On Tuesday, 10-man Ivory Coast came from behind to draw 1-1 with Guinea at the start of Group D in Malabo after which Cameroon and Mali finished with the same scoreline.