AFCON Profile: Burkina Faso
Last Updated: 18/01/12 10:18am
Burkina Faso's national football team were known as Upper Volta until 1984
Burkina Faso's national football team were known as Upper Volta until 1984.
They are nicknamed The Stallions and their home ground is the Stade du 4-Août.
The country is located in West Africa and share a border with Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
PREVIOUS AFCON INVOLVEMENTS:
Burkina Faso made their AFCON debut in 1978, as Upper Volta, and were knocked out in the first round.
Their next appearance at the competition would only come 18 years later at the 1996 event, where the West Africans once again fell at the first hurdle.
The Stallions' best showing at an AFCON tournament came two years later when they managed to claim fourth place. They finished as runners-up in Group A and went on to beat Tunisia via penalties in the quarter-finals before losing 2-0 to Egypt in the semi-finals.
At the 2000, 2002 and 2004 events, Burkina Faso failed to progress past the opening round, and went on to miss out on the next two installments.
In 2010, the Stallions finished third in Group B, which also contained Ivory Coast and Ghana.
FIFA Rank: 62
Coach: Paulo Duarte
Captain: Mahamoudou Kéré
Nickname: The Stallions
Best AFCON finish: Fourth place (1998)
Previous AFCON finish: Round One (2010)
All 23 players in the Burkina Faso squad are based overseas. Germain Sanou (Saint-Étienne), Bakary Koné (Lyon), Charles Kaboré (Marseille), Jonathan Pitroipa (Rennes) and Alain Traoré (Auxerre) ply their trade in the French Ligue 1.
Experienced Burkina Faso campaigners Mahamoudou Kéré and Aristide Bancé are based in Turkey, at Konyaspor and Samsunspor respectively.
ONE TO WATCH:
Moumouni Dagano is an experienced striker with over 50 caps for Burkina Faso. As the country's all-time top scorer, the Stallions will rely on Dagano to spearhead the attack.
The 31-year-old has netted 30 goals for his country since making his debut in 1999.
Dagano plays his club football for Qatar-based Al-Khor. He has also had spells at Genk, Guingamp and FC Sochaux. He kicked off his career at Ivorian outfit Stella Club d'Adjamé in 1998.
Goalkeepers: Daouda Diakité, Germain Sanou, Adama Sawadogo
Defenders: Mamadou Tall, Paul Kéba Koulibaly, Bakary Koné, Ibrahim Gnanou, Saïdou Panandétiguiri
Midfielders: Mahamoudou Kéré, Charles Kaboré, Jonathan Pitroipa, Florent Rouamba, Alain Traoré, Mohamed Koffi, Benjamin Balima, Abdou Razack Traoré, Djakaridja Koné, Bertrand Traore
Forwards: Moumouni Dagano, Narcisse Yaméogo, Aristide Bancé, Prejuce Nakoulma, Issiaka Ouédraogo