Burundi call up embattled Berahino

The striker is among players called up to feature for Burundi in the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Gabon.
Saido Berahino
Stoke City’s Saido Berahino shows his frustration during the English championship Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City on February 4, 2017 played at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, Great Britain – Photo Matt Bunn / Backpage Images / DPPI

Burundi have named Stoke City’s Saido Berahino in the squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.

The striker who was temporarily suspended by Stoke last week following his arrest for drink-driving is set to feature for just the second time for Burundi.

The Swallows currently sit second in Group C on nine points, two behind Mali who have already qualified and need just a point to qualify for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The match with Gabon is Burundi’s final qualifier for Egypt 2019 and will take place on 23 March in Bujumbura.

Berahino scored against Gabon in the away leg last September to give Burundi a 1-1 draw on his international debut.

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The former England under-21 international had only been cleared to play for Burundi a month before that fixture.

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