Out-of favour Stoke City striker, Saido Berahino has been named as captain of Burundi when the East African nation takes on Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Group B of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Egypt this month.

Saido Berahino believes that unity will be key to Burundi’s success at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The East African country qualified for their first ever Afcon as runners-up in their qualifying group behind Mali.

For their maiden outing in Africa’s foremost football competition, Burundi have been drawn against three-time champions Nigeria, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B.

Berahino is among coach Olivier Niyungeko’s 28-man provisional squad for the tournament in Egypt and he thinks team bonding will be crucial for the country’s campaign in Egypt.

“Unity has been the key to our success,” Berahino wrote on Instagram.

Burundi are currently camped in Qatar where they will play Afcon-bound Algeria in an international friendly fixture on June 11 before travelling to Tunis to take on Tunisia on June 17.

After their build-up games, the Swallows will link the Egyptian city of Alexandria from Tunis where they will play their first game against Nigeria on June 22.

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