With five matches each played so far by Burkina Faso and Senegal, both nations will be delighted to play each other in the first semifinal match of the ongoing AFCON at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Wednesday February 2 at 8pm.
Both teams will be search for their first AFCON title in their histories, having come so close in 2013 and 2019 as runner up.
The two teams will be out to conquer each other as they hunt for a first continental title.
For Burkina Faso, they will be delighted with their performance after missing out in 2019.
After suffering a 1-2 defeat to host nation Cameroon, the 2013 vice champions bounce back to winning ways as they beat Cape Verde 1-0 courtesy of Hassane Bande.
The stallions rounded off their group stage with a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in their last group game to finish as runner up behind host Cameroon.
Their round of 16 clash against Gabon looked a threat as they fought only to win 7-6 after post match penalties. Adama Troare who had missed a penalty earlier in the match gave the stallions the lead at the brink of half time. The goal was however, cancelled through an own goal from Adama Guira.
In their quarter finals clash, the Tunisian looked the biggest test so far for the 2017 semifinalist as they stunned the Carthage 1-0 through a Dango Ouattara striker just before half time.
Dango Ouattara will miss the semifinal clash on Wednesday after picking up a straight red at the 80th minute.
Also Djibrill Ouattara could be a major dought after he sustained an injury at the 72nd minute.
The win against Tunisia means the stallions are now unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games in all competition (Five wins and five draw) with their group stage defeat to Cameroon being their only defeat. Also they have now lost just one of their last 11 AFCON matches(three draws, 7wins)
With this performance, the stallions will be hoping to go one step further by clinching their first ever AFCON title in their history, having lost to Nigeria 0-1 in 2013 final.
But, they will be facing a side whom they have failed to defeat in their last four meetings between them since 2006, with the last three meeting ending in draws.
For Senegal, it looks like this could be their last chance in ages after coming so close in 2002 and 2019 when they finished as runner up with defeat to Cameroon and Algeria respectively.
Their AFCON journey has not really been convincing following a hard fought victory in their opening game against Zimbabwe courtesy of a 97th minute penalty from star boy Sadio Mane.
The struggle continued as they were held in a goalless draw in their next two group games. They however, finished top of their group with five points, scoring just one goal and conceding no goal.
They were still not convincing in their round of 16 clash against the blue sharks of Cape Verde as they struggle to beat a nine- men side 2-0 Courtesy of Sadio Mane and Bamba Dieng.
The Quarter Final clash against the national thunders of Equatorial Guinea looked difficult to an extent, but they could still score three goals pass the 2015 semifinalist. Jannick Buyla, Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr got their goals.
The two-time finalists are now unbeaten in 11 straight games claiming eight wins and draws since the COSAFA cup defeat to South Africa.
Also they have now lost just two of their last 12 AFCON matches (8wins, two draws)
Players To Watch
The lights of Bertrand Troare who has been the driving force of the team will be a key player for the stallions against Senegal. With a strong backline against Tunisia, we could see the same Steeve Yago , Edmond Tapsoba, Soumaila Ouattara and Issa Kabore.
Also Ibrahim Toure will also backbone the midfield of the stallions as he has been the driving force in their last two games, which earned him consecutive man of the match award.
Coach Aliou Cisse knows his attacking strength has grown as the competition progresses, and with only one goal scored in the group stage, he could stick with his attacking force of Boulaye Dia, Diedhiou and Mane.
With only one goal conceded so far in the tournament, we could see the same blocks mounted in their defense: Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo and Saliou Ciss Eqouard Mendy. Also Cheikou kouyate and Ismaila Sarr will be key in their midfield.