Burkina Faso's Alain Traore
Monday Nov 17, 2014. 11:25
Burkina Faso will look to end their already successful 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign on a high when they host Angola at the Stade du 4-Aout in Ouagadougou on Wednesday, kick-off at 20:00 CAT.
The Stallions secured qualification for the finals in Equatorial Guinea next year thanks to a 1-0 away win over Lesotho in Maseru this past weekend, with Jonathan Pitroipa’s early goal proving the difference between the teams.
This victory, combined with Gabon goalless draw away to Angola, saw the Burkinabe secure a place in the Nations Cup tournament for a fourth successive time and a 10th occasion overall.
Yet they are not sure of top spot in the group, as Gabon (who host wooden-spooners Lesotho) are just one point behind. In order to help their ranking and possible seeding for the finals draw, Paul Put’s team will certainly be aiming for a victory against Angola.
As for the Palancas Negras, their hopes of qualifying as one of the top two teams in the group evaporated in their goalless draw with Gabon on Saturday.
They still have an outside chance of securing progression as the best third-placed team from the seven groups, but they are currently second-last in this respect, with all of Guinea, Congo, Egypt, DR Congo and Malawi ahead of them in the pecking order.
When the teams met back in September in the second matchday of the group stage, Burkina Faso claimed an emphatic 3-0 win in Luanda thanks to a brace from Pitroipa and a goal from Aristide Bance.