AFCON 2023: How Burkina Faso can soar to the top in quest for Nations Cup glory

As the African Cup of Nations approaches, Burkina Faso sets its sights on reaching the pinnacle of the podium in Côte d’Ivoire. The Stallions, led by coach Hubert Velud, embark on their Group D journey with determination and anticipation.

Group Stage Battles:
1. January 16, 2024: Burkina Faso vs. Mauritania, 14h00 GMT, Stade de la Paix, Bouaké
2. January 20, 2024: Algeria vs. Burkina Faso, 14h00 GMT, Stade de la Paix, Bouaké
3. January 23, 2024: Angola vs. Burkina Faso, 20h00 GMT, Charles-Konan-Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

Qualification Triumph:
Burkina Faso secured their spot in the AFCON with a strategic 1-all draw against Togo in Lomé. Former Lorient player Dango Ouattara’s early goal and Kodjo Laba’s equalizer resulted in the Stallions topping Group B with 10 points, leaving Togo and Eswatini behind.

Despite a 3-1 loss to Cape Verde and a goalless draw with Eswatini, Burkina Faso’s fate was sealed with two match days to spare.

Key Player: Edmond Tapsoba:
Bayer Leverkusen defender, Edmond Tapsoba emerges as the player to watch, known for his anticipation, maturity, and defensive prowess.

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With a clean playing style, Tapsoba’s effective positioning, excellent heading, and technical quality contribute to intercepting opposing plays. His speed, rare for a central defender, and powerful shot adds versatility to Burkina Faso’s defensive strategy.

Strategic Vision: Coach Hubert Velud
The Stallions Head coach Velud’s offensive philosophy, emphasizing intensity and aggressive pressing, sets the stage for Burkina Faso’s dynamic play.

Focused on fluid systems and set pieces, Velud encourages a style based on conservation, doubling passes, and triangular plays in confined spaces. Full-backs play a pivotal role in executing his tactical plan, offering numerous offensive solutions.

AFCON Legacy:
Burkina Faso’s AFCON journey, spanning from 1978 to 2021, reflects a mix of early exits and notable achievements. With a finalist appearance in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2017, the Stallions aim to build on their legacy and clinch the coveted top spot in the upcoming tournament.

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As the Stallions charge into Côte d’Ivoire, the question lingers: Can Burkina Faso turn the tides and emerge as the champions of AFCON 2023? The stage is set, and the Stallions are ready to gallop towards glory.

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