Saturday, January 14, 2012

Africa Cup of Nations - Group B - Burkina Faso

Colours: All white
Capital: Ougadougou
Country population: 15,730,977

Les Etalons or the Stallions as they are known and Upper Volta as their country was once known will go into the tournament without much hope of doing much in it despite being ranked a very respectable 62nd by FIFA and having a number of players with experience in several countries inside and outside of Africa. They have never qualified for the World Cup and their best showing in the Africa Cup of Nations came in 1998 when they were hosts and finished fourth.

Star player: Ibrahim Gnanou

The talisman of Burkina Faso is the highest scorer for the country, Moumani Dagano, who has scored 23 goals in 51 games for his country. However, the key man in my opinion will be the young defender ibrahim Gnanou, who plays in Russia for Alania Vladikafkaz. He is officially a centre back, but is comfortable in any position in the back four and is a crucial player for the team.

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