Trezeguet looked flat again, as his team got their AFCON campaign back on track with a win over Guinea-Bissau. Traore missed his teams round 2 clash against Cape Verde, after testing positive for Covid-19 the previous Wednesday. He will return for their next game against Ethiopia.
Guinea-Bissau 0- 1 Egypt
Coming off their loss against Nigeria, Egypt seemed to lack confidence in the game. However a superb scissor-kick finish from Salah put the side ahead in the 68th minute. Egypt were saved a late Guinean equaliser, due to VAR ruling their was a foul in the build-up play. Trezeguet did not start for the team, coming on in the 58th minute. He slotted in at LW in a 4-3-3. For a second week running Trez lacked any real spark. He did spin and pass in the build-up of Egypt's only goal. He also passed well.
Maybe not the performance that Aston Villa would have wanted, as transfer rumours loom over the head of the 27 year old, currently out of favour at Villa park. Despite their seemingly slow start to the tournament Trez is still confident in his teams progression to the latter stages of the tournament.
"I promise our fans that we will improve in the coming games, as our target remains winning the Nations Cup title."
Trezeguet Player Rating - 6
Next Game - 19 January. Sudan
Egypt need just a point in their last group stage game to secure them a knock out stage spot. They face Sudan, who sit last in group D. Sudan come off a 3-1 loss to Nigeria, a team that many now consider favourites to win it all. Hopefully Trezeguet will feature again for the side, who now look confident.
Cape Verde 0-1 Burkina Faso
Traore's team managed a win in their Captains absence. The team regained star centre back Edmond Tapsoba. The win puts Burkina Faso on level pegging with Cape Verde, separated only by goals scored. Cape Verde have a tough last fixture, facing hosts Cameroon who've won both of their games so far.
Next Game - 17 January. Ethiopia
Despite predictions that Traore's positive test may rule the captain out for the tournament, he is set to be available for Monday's game. Ethiopia sit dead last in Group A, having not clinched a single point from the tournament so far. With the momentum that Burkina Faso have hopefully picked up, it does not seem like the next meeting will hold much of an opportunity for the East African side. The Burkinese team only need to avoid a loss to make it through to the knock out round
Burkina Faso Group Games
Egypt Group games
Mon 17 Jan. 4pm. Ethiopia
Wed 19 Jan. 7pm. Sudan