Burundi have been striving to make their mark in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying ever since their very first bid, when a place at USA 1994 lay at stake. Les Hirondelles (the Swallows) have never advanced beyond the second round in the African preliminaries, and they did not even progress that far ahead of Brazil 2014, when they were stopped in their tracks by Lesotho.
The core of Burundi's side is made up of the leading lights from the country's own championship. The home-grown contingent is nonetheless offset by the likes of Valery Nahayo, Saidi Ntibazonkiza and Selemani Yamin Ndikumana, who all boast experience of league football further afield.
With a long road of hard work ahead, Burundi appointed Ahcene Ait Abdelmalek as coach in March 2015. The Algerian tactician earned his stripes coaching youngsters, and he set the tone for his reign during his unveiling: "I'm not going to tell people we're going to win everything. We're here to build something."
0 – The number of times Burundi have appeared in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
The former stars
Amani Nabimana, Michel Minko