AFRICAN Cup of Nations (AFCON) bound side Burkina Faso have lined up a friendly against the national soccer team Taifa Stars to be played in South Africa on Monday.
According to 'planetsport.com', Burkina Faso, well known as Les Etalons will be involved in two friendly games in South Africa, prior to the start of the continental championship.
They are set to play against Niger today, ahead of a clash with Taifa Stars on Monday, while there is also a match lined up against PSL side Orlando Pirates on Wednesday. The West African side took part in both the 2010 and 2012 AFCON tournaments, but failed to go past the first round.
Burkina Faso, who are based in Nelspruit, will play Nigeria, defending champions Zambia and Ethiopia in Group C and it only suggest that a 1-0 win Stars recorded against 'Chipolopolo' of Zambia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last month, has convinced the Burkinabe coach Paul Put to line up the friendly against the Kim Poulsen side.
Taifa Stars departed yesterday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to play another AFCON bound side 'Walya Antelopes' tomorrow, which also happened to be in the same group as Zambia. However, no officials from the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) would be available to confirm the planned trial match.
Sixteen Stars players left yesterday ready for the friendly, which will be part of the team's trial games ahead of the World Cup qualifier match against Morocco in March 22, while for Ethiopia, the game is their final trial before heading for the AFCON finals set to start in South Africa on January 19.
The team left minus three Yanga players - midfielder Athumani Iddi 'Chuji,' striker Simon Msuva and defender Nadir Haroub Ally 'Cannavaro.' Yanga who have pitched camp in Turkey to shape up for the final round of the Mainland Premier League have decided to keep three out of five players picked by Taifa Stars coach Kim Poulsen for the friendly against Ethiopia.
This followed an agreement reached between Stars coach Kim Poulsen and Yanga coach Dutch Ernie Brandts. The two coaches agreed that only defender Kelvin Yondan and holding midfielder Frank Domayo will be joining Stars.
Msuva, 'Chuji' and Nadir will remain in Turkey and are set to return in the country on Monday with the rest of Yanga squad. Yanga's rivals Simba have released all their players selected in the team after agreeing with the TFF that the federation will foot tickets cost for their players from Addis Ababa to Oman, where they will join Simba camp after the match against Ethiopia.
Stars players who left for Addis yesterday are Juma Kaseja (Simba), Aishi Manula (Azam FC). Defenders are Aggrey Morris and Erasto Nyoni (Azam), Issa Rashid (Mtibwa Sugar) and Shomari Kapombe (Simba). Midfielders are Salum Abubakar and Khamis Mcha (Azam), Amri Kiemba and Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba) and Shabani Nditi (Mtibwa Sugar), while strikers are Mbwana Samatta, Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe -DR Congo) and Mrisho Ngassa (Simba).