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Afcon2017 Team Profile: Focus on Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso team celebrates goal in the qualifier games recently

Burkina Faso football team surprised the world when they reached the finals of African cup of Nations in 2013 putting up incredible performances.

Then under Paul Put, cheap http://crosscourtathletics.org/wp-includes/post-formats.php Burkina Faso defied the odds to reach the finals for the first time in their history although lost to Nigeria.

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Into their 11th appearance at the African cup of Nations, can the scorpions pull up another shocker this time round?

Brief AFCON Background

Burkina Faso made their maiden appearance at the 1978 African cup of Nations in Ghana but failed to make it out of the group losing all the three games.

It took the scorpions 18 years to return to the coveted Africa’s biggest football showpiece in 1996 but still failed to register any positives.

Burkina Faso went ahead to host the next edition in 1998 and made it up to the semifinals, the first time they progressed past the group stage.

They qualified for the next three editions (2000, 2002 and 2004) but all ended in group stage finishes. They even failed to qualify for 2006 and 2008 editions.

Since then, Burkina Faso have appeared at all the last editions since 2010 including 2013 when the reached the finals.

1978- Group stage
1996- Group stage
1998- Fourth place
2000- Group stage
2002- Group stage
2004- Group stage
2010- Group stage
2012- Group stage
2013- Runners up
2015- Group stage

How they qualified?

Burkina Faso needed a Banou Diawara late goal against Botswana on 4th Sept 2016 to confirm that they had topped Group D in the 2017 African cup of Nations.

13/Jun/15 Burkina Faso 2-0 Comoros
5/Sept/15 Botswana 1-0 Burkina Faso
24/Mar/16 Burkina Faso 1-0 Uganda
29/Mar/16 Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso
4/Jun/16 Comoros 0-1 Burkina Faso
4/Sept/16 Burkina Faso 2-1 Botswana

The Coach | Paul Duarte

Burkina Faso is under the stewardship of Portuguese tactician Paul Duarte who has been with the scorpions since 2015.

Duarte has a lot of experience on the Burkina Faso team since joining them between 2008-2012 on the first stint before coming back in 2015.

The Captain | Charles Kabore

He has been on the national team since 2006 and has been a key figure in the central midfield.

Currently playing at Krasnodar in Russia, Kabore will guide Burkina Faso at African cup of Nations in Gabon.

Botswana are in group A alongside hosts Gabon, debutants Guinea Bissau and Cameroon

Goalkeepers: Germain Sanou (Beauvais/France) Koffi Kouakou (Asec d’Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire) Aboubacar Sawadogo (RCK/Burkina Faso)

Defenders: Bakary Koné (Malaga/Spain) Ernest Congo (IZK Khemisset/Maroc) Issouf Paro (Santos/Afrique du Sud) Patrick Malo (Smouha/Egypte) Issoufou Dayo (Racing Club Berkane/ Maroc) Yacouba Coulibaly (RCB/Burkina) Steeve Yago (Toulouse FC/France)

Midfielders: Bakary Saré dit Bouba (Moreinrense/ Portugal) Abdou Razack Traoré (Karabukspor/ Turquie) Blati Touré (Omonia Nicosia/ Chypre) Adama Guira (RC Lens/France) Charles Kaboré (Krasnodar/Russie) Alain Traoré (Kayserispor/Turquie) Cyrille Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol/Moldavie)

Forwards: Jonathan Pitroipa ( Al Nasr/Emirates Arab Unis) Prejuce Nakoulma (Kayserispor/Turquie) Aristide Bancé (ASEC d’Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire) Jonathan Zongo (Almeria/France) Bertrand Traoré (Ajax d’Amsterdam/ Hollande) Banou Diawara (Smouha Club/ Egypte) Issoumaila Lingani (Happoel Ashleon/ Israël).

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