Gabon line up Nations Cup warm up against Burkina Faso

Gernot Rohr (right) instructs his squad
Gabon coach Gernot Rohr has lined up friendlies for his side ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations

Burkina Faso will play African Cup of Nations co-hosts Gabon in a pre-tournament friendly on 9 January.

The match will be held at the Stade de la Renovation in Gabon in Franceville, the Burkinabe FA has confirmed.

The stadium will host all Group D matches during the 21 January to 12 February tournament.

Burkina Faso will play their first round matches in Equatorial Guinea, co-hosts of the tournament, in Group B with Angola, Ivory Coast and Sudan.

Gabon will also play Sudan in a friendly in Bitam on 16 January to round-up their preparation for their hosting of the tournament.

The Panthers have been placed in Group C where they will play Niger, Morocco and Tunisia.

At the finals, Gabon will aim to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history.

The country are hoping the senior side can replicate the feat achieved by the country's youth side following their recent success at the African U23 Championship.

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