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Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa relishing showdown with Aubameyang

September 1st, 2018 2 min read

Gor Mahia forward Francis Mustafa is looking forward to teaming up against Stoke City’s Saido Berahino in an upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.

Similarly, the Burundian forward, who has been called up for international duty ahead of the qualifier this weekend told Nairobi News that he does not fear Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is expected to lead the attack for Gabon on the day.

Despite playing a bit-part role for the Kenyan champions since being signed at the start of July, Mustafa, who has scored four times in 10 appearances, is likely to be handed a pivotal role by Burundi coach Oliver Niyungek in this potentially explosive clash in Libreville.

This role will likely have Mustafa partner Berahino, who despite living in England all his life, has been handed a call-up.

“Playing alongside Berahino in attack will mark perhaps the most significant moment in my career. I have a lot to learn from him. We will have a few days to try and form some sort of cohesion,” said Mustafa.

NOTHING TO FEAR

“With Aubameyang, of course he is a very good player and someone I will be keen to learn from, but then there is no reason to fear his presence. It is true I have not played much. But the coach has a plan to teach me a few things and ease me into the team,” he added.

Sofapaka defender Mousa Omar has also been called up to the Burundi squad ahead of this clash.

A win for Burundi, who beat South Sudan 3-0 in their opening Group ‘C’ match and currently top this four-team pool, will enhance their chances of qualifying for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations.

Gabon, who hosted the last edition of the tournament, are on their part eying their first win of the campaign after losing away to Mali by a solitary in their opening game.