Burundi and Gambia will play their opening 2026 World Cup qualifier Group F match in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday.
Burundi had a disappointing run in the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, while Gambia finished second in Group G to lock up a spot in the 2023 African Cup of Nations final round.
Gambia are unbeaten in their last three matches, while Burundi have won just one of their four matches this year.
The Gambia are ranked 117th in the world, while Burundi are ranked 142nd.
Gambia are the clear favorites for this match. They have an experienced and talented team and have performed well in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Burundi will need to go all out to have a chance of winning the match.
Prediction Burundi 1-2 Gambia
Tip 1 – Result: Gambia win
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Goals over 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams score: Yes
This is the first meeting between Burundi and Gambia.
The only three Gambians in the squad who have not played for the national team are Lamine Sarr, Mahamudu Baho and Jacob Mendy.
Head coach Tom Saintfiet has selected 23 players for this month’s two-legged matches against Burundi and Côte d’Ivoire, including star man Assan Ceesay.
Burundi are ranked 142nd in the world after a poor showing in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Swallows are third in Group C with four points from four matches and they are still waiting for their second trip to the continent.
On the other hand, Gambia have locked up a place in the final round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with a second place finish in Group G. The Scorpions, who have 10 points from six matches, will make their second appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations proper in January after making their debut in 2023 only. 2021.