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 Burkina fasoNigeria winger Victor Moses is expected to make his Africa Cup of Nations debut on Monday, having overcome a knock to take his place against Burkina Faso.

The 22-year-old is expected to start alongside Chelsea colleague John Obi Mikel in Nelspruit as the Super Eagles begin their campaign for a third title.
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    “Winning the trophy is not going to be easy but we will give it our best”

Joseph Yobo Nigeria captain

Captain Joseph Yobo is poised to equal Nwankwo Kanu's record of six Nations Cup appearances for Nigeria.

Burkina Faso have gone 17 matches without a win in the Cup of Nations.

The team failed to win a point at the tournament in 2012, but with striker Aristide Bance fit to start there is an air of optimism around the squad.

The return to fitness of his strike-partner Alain Traore, after a heel injury, is a further boost for Burkina Faso although Monday's game may come too soon for him.

Traore is seen as a key part of the squad, having scored a decisive stoppage-time goal to put them through at the expense of the Central African Republic.

Nigeria have had mixed results in the build-up to the tournament, drawing 1-1 with Catalonia, being held to a 0-0 draw by fellow qualifiers Cape Verde, beating Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 before easing to a 5-0 victory over Portuguese second division outfit Farense.

But having been among the dominant forces in African football a decade ago, the Group C match against Burkina Faso marks their return to the Nations Cup after missing out on the tournament a year ago.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo: "Winning the trophy is not going to be easy but I promise we will give it our best shot. Let us not get beyond ourselves. The focus for now is on getting past the group stages and only then should we think about quarter-finals and, hopefully, the semi-finals and final."

Nigeria winger Victor Moses: "We have prepared well and, having missed the last tournament, wish to make Nigerians proud by the end of it."

Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance : "I believe we have learnt from past failures and have a realistic chance of getting out of the group."

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