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* Tournament debutants, Madagascar and Burundi face each other in their second Group B fixture at the Africa Cup of Nations at the Alexandria Stadium on Thursday afternoon. 

* Head-to-Head 

* They first played each other in 1964.
Total matches played - 48
Kenya wins                   - 20
Tanzania wins              - 14
Drawn games               - 14

* Tanzania are yet to beat Kenya in their last three encounters.

* Tonight encounter will be the first game between Madagascar and Burundi in the Africa Cup of Nations history.

* Alexandria encounter will also be the first time that two are playing in their first Africa Cup of Nations and are facing each other since South Africa and Angola in January 1996. 

* The Barea are winless in their last six matches, while the Swallows have drawn six of their last nine games games with both of these sides are playing just their second-ever game at the Africa Cup of Nations. 

* Burundi could become the 16th nation to lose their first two games in the Africa Cup of Nations should they lose to Madagascar. 

* The Barea pulled off a big shock in the 32nd edition opener against Syli National with a 2-2 draw while The Swallows went down 1-0 to Super Eagles due to Odion Ighalo's well-taken winner despite putting up a brave fight. 

* Burundi are expected to give Madagascar defense a real scare this afternoon as they gave the three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, Nigeria. 

* Seven years ago, Mauritania were ranked as the world's fourth-worst nation, but Coach Martins who took over in 2014 has overseen constant improvement.

* From 206th in the rankings, they now sit 103rd, and qualified for their first major tournament on the back of a solid defence and the occasional goals of Ismail Diakite. 

* Burundi are the lowest ranked team in the ongoing AFCON tournament in Egypt from the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rakings.

Team News:

* Anicet Andrianantenaina's impressive outing last time out means, he will be expected to produce again. He completed 88.7 per cent of his 62 passes against Guinea, touched the ball 74 times, won eight of 10 duels and got himself a goal. Another all-action display would go down a treat. 

* Charles Andriamahitsinoro was involved in Madagascar's two goals against Guinea and he is expected to do against Burundi.

*Midfielder Gael Bigirimana was phenomenon against Nigeria. He created three chances and saw more of the ball than any of his team-mates.

* Burundi stand a better chance if Bigirimana performs. 

* Burundi's striker, Saido Berahino is worth keeping an eye on because he scored 14 Premier League goals in his best season and is still young enough to regain his best form.

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