Duarte wary of Egyptian counter attacking

Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte says he expects Egypt to allow his side plenty of ball possession while looking to hit on the counter-attack.

The two countries meet in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations clash in Libreville, Gabon on Wednesday night.

Egypt are on track for a record eighth AFCON title, while the Stallions are hoping to reach their second final in the last three tournaments, having lost to Nigeria in 2013.

Duarte says he is preparing for a tactical battle against the Pharaohs.

"We are playing a semifinal. It's most important thing for us. It will be a collective mission. We are playing against the most successful team in Africa," he said.

"We shall have possession of the ball. They use the counter and we shall work had to stop it. They have [Mohamed] Salah who is very dangerous, but we can handle him. We expect to win."

While Burkina Faso will be seen by many as underdogs, Duarte does not subscribe to the same thinking, despite his side never having beaten Egypt in six previous encounters (four defeats and two draws).

"We have shown and convinced the public that Burkina Faso can play good football. We have unity in the team," he pointed out.

"I do not believe in history. It is a delusion. Each match creates its own history. Burkina Faso versus Egypt will be a tactical war.

"If you ask me how we are going to stop Mohamed Salah, it's like asking the coach of Egypt how are they stopping Bertrand Traore."