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Afcon: Selemani Ndikumana axed from Burundi squad ahead of Nigeria showdown

3:31 am AEST 22/6/19
Selemani Yamin Ndikumana
The 32-year-old forward has been dropped from Olivier Niyungeko’s squad, hours before their Afcon opener in Alexandria

Selemani Ndikumana has been axed from Burundi's squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations opening game against Nigeria on Saturday.

Goal understands that the decision to drop Ndikumana from the 23-man Afcon squad was reached on Thursday night, after he was found guilty of breaking disciplinary rules.

The 32-year-old did not feature in any of the Swallows’ build-up games to the tournament in Egypt, and was an unused substitute against Tunisia on June 17.

Before his eviction from the team's camp in Alexandria, Ndikumana was the oldest player in Olivier Niyungeko's squad, and the second top scorer for the country behind Fiston Abdul Razak [18], with 12 goals.

Burundi will play Nigeria in their debut Afcon match without the former Molde forward, who has 33 international caps under his belt.