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.