BURK­INA FASO

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Star Player JONATHAN PITROIPA

The 30-year-old cap­tured the con­ti­nent’s imag­i­na­tion in the 2013 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon) with his skills and trick­ery that pushed the Stal­lions to their first ap­pear­ance in the fi­nal. The Stal­lions will once again look at him for in­spi­ra­tion as they look to re­peat that feat. His pace and skills make Pitroipa a deadly threat on the flanks.

Coach PAULO DUARTE

The Por­tuguese coach, nick­named the Mour­inho of Africa, is re­garded as a spe­cial one in Burk­ina Faso. He laid the foun­da­tion that pro­pelled the Stal­lions to the fi­nals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon). But he left be­fore he could take them to South Africa. In his sec­ond stint, Duarte has turned the Stal­lions into a plucky side.

What’s their story?

The Stal­lions are search­ing for their maiden Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon) ti­tle af­ter com­ing close in 2013, los­ing in the fi­nal at FNB Sta­dium to Nige­ria. They are a qual­ity side ca­pa­ble of go­ing far in the tour­na­ment, led by coach Paulo Duarte who laid the foun­da­tion that helped Bel­gian Paul Put guide them to the fi­nal.

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