9 January 2013

Burkina Faso: Afcon 2013 - Nation Final Squad Announced

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Ikechukwu Uche of Nigeria reacts after missing a chance during the match against Burkina Faso.

Soon to officially close the submission of final squads, Burkina Faso national team coach Paul Put has announced his list of 23 players for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.

The Belgian technician has retained Alain Traoré, who is convalescent, but is keeping Ternana player Salif Dianda close at hand should the FC Lorient attacking midfielder be withdrawn.

Goalkeeper Abdoul Ouattara, defenders Bakary Soro, Soumaila Belem and Aboubacar Zerbo and striker Balima Wilfried were finally omitted. There will therefore be no representatives from the local championship in South Africa.

On Tuesday the Stallions will arrive in Nelspruit to launch the final phase of their warm-up. They will oppose Niger in a friendly on 10 January, Tanzania on 14 January, 2013 and South African club Orlando Pirates on the 16th Januyary, 2013.

The 1998 hosts are placed in group C alongside champions Zambia, 1994 winners Nigeria and Cecafa representatives Ethiopia.

Goalkeepers:

Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kokoko/Ghana), Germain Sanou (St Etienne/France), Daouda Diakité (Lierse/Belgium)

Defenders:

Mohammed Koffi (Petrojet/Egypt), Henry Traoré (Ashanti Kotoko/Ghana), Bakary Koné (Lyon/France), Mady Panandétiguiri (R. Antwerp/Belgium), Paul Koulibaly (Dynamo Buccarest/Romania)

Midfielders:

Wilfried Balima (FC Sheriff Tiraspol/Moldavia), Florent Rouamba (FC Sheriff Tirasplo/Moldavia), Issouf Ouattara (Chernomorets Burgas/Bulgaria), Préjuce Nakoulma (Gornik Zabrze/Poland), Wilfried Sanou (Kyoto Sanga/Japan), Abdoul Razack Traoré (Lechia Gdansk/Poland), Ali Rabo (Al Shorta/Egypt), Charles Kaboré (Marseille/France), Djakaridja Koné (Evian Thonon-Gaillard/France), Jonathan Pitroïpa (Rennes/France), Alain Traoré (Lorient/France)Strikers:Aristide Bancé (Augsburg/Germany), Moumouni Dagano (Lekwiya/Qatar), Pierre Koulibaly (Al Dhaid Sharja/Emirates), Wilfried Hughes Dah (Al Dhaid Sharja/Emirates)

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