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Stallions aim to trample Eagles

Burkina Faso winger, Yaan Jonathan Pitroipa has underlined the importance of a victory for his side when they face Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their first game at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.

Both sides go head-to-head in the opening game of Group C on January 21 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and the Stade Rennais man knows his side cannot afford to fail against their heralded West African neighbours.

“That game against Nigeria will be extremely important. If we want to qualify for the quarterfinals, we have to get something from that game; a draw or a win, but we cannot lose that game,” Pitroipa said.

The 26-year-old however acknowledged that getting a result against the Super Eagles will not be easy as "Nigeria is a top side full of quality players."

“It certainly won’t be an easy match as Nigeria is a top side full of quality players but we know what we have to do,” he said.

Burkina Faso finished bottom of Group B at the 2012 Afcon following successive losses to Angola, the Ivory Coast and Sudan.


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