DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports Writer, Kick442.com – Cameroon
The Stallions of Burkina Faso have qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament in Cameroon next week.
This is after the team played a virgin tie against East Africans, Uganda at the Saint Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Wednesday March 24. A draw that saw the team maintain top spot on group B with 9 points in 5 games.
The home side in need of all available three points to book an early ticket to the tournament dominated plays in the both halves of the game with a series of brilliant shots on target. Persistent efforts which resulted to the host hitting the wood work in the second segment.
Burkina Faso manned by the likes of Aston Villa star man and 2017 bronze medalist, Bertrand Traore equally showed resilience to achieve Coach Kouma’s dream of returning the Stallions to the AFCON.
The outfit last featured in the tournament during the 2017 edition in Ghana where they humbled the Black Stars of Ghana in the third place game to finish third.
Their most memory participation in the Africa Cup of Nations came in 2013 when a star studded Stallions including the likes of Aristide Bance, Jonathan Pitriopa and Bakari Kone and captain Charles Kabore finished second, losing the finals to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Burkina Faso’s qualification postpones Uganda’s search of qualifying for its third consecutive AFCON competition after reaching the 2017 and 2019 finals in Gabon and Egypt respectively.
Despite the delays, Cranes captain, Denis Onyango remains hopeful the team will book its ticket after next Monday’s final group game against Malawi. In a Tweet, the Mamelodi Sundowns shot stopper said, “Not the result we wanted. But we are going to regroup, improve and finish off the job away on Monday.”
The Ugandan Cranes placed second in the group with 8 points will need a draw against 3th placed Malawi in Blantyre to qualify for the competition. A win for Malawi that counts 7 points, will deny the Cranes access to the tournament.
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