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What to know about WAFCON debutants Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso women's team
  • Burkina Faso have qualified for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations for the first time
  • They are ranked number 158 in the world
  • They are drawn in Group A with hosts Morocco

Burkina Faso’s Stallions have qualified for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations for the first time in their history and the country, ranked 158th in the world will be looking to make an impression in their maiden sojourn in Morocco.

Burkina Faso qualified from the WAFU B region. They started off the qualification with a 5-2 aggregate win over Benin in the first round, winning 2-1 at home and 3-1 away from home.

In the second round, they were drawn against Guinea Bissau and continued with their emphatic form, hitting their opponents with an aggregate 7-0 score, winning 6-0 in the first leg and 1-0 in the return tie.

This second round victory earned them their first ever qualification to the Total Energies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

Burkina Faso played their first official match on September 2, 2007 against Niger in Ouagadougou. Their qualification to the 2022 WAFCON is their first ever for a major competition.

They have been drawn in group A where they will face off with hosts Morocco, fellow West African side Senegal and CECAFA representatives Uganda who are playing the Cup of Nations for the first time in two decades.

They start their campaign against Morocco on Saturday.

Records and match results:

First international: Burkina Faso 10–0 Niger (Ouagadougou; 2 September 2007)

Biggest win: Burkina Faso 10–0 Niger (Ouagadougou; 2 September 2007)

Biggest defeat: Burkina Faso 0–3 Ghana (Ouagadougou; 16 February 2014), Ghana 3–0 Burkina Faso, (Accra, Ghana; 1 March 2014), Mali 5–2 Burkina Faso: (Bamako, Mali; 11 January 2016)

The Stallions are coached by pascal Sawadogo. He was named as the Burkinabe head coach in November 2021 as a replacement for Adama Dembéle who was in charge for the first round qualification where they beat Benin.

Sawadogo is the founder and coach of Tanghin side Etincelles, who are multiple winners of Burkina Faso Women’s Cup

KEY PLAYERS:

Juliette Nana

Nana is Burkina Faso’s current best performing exports overseas ansd currently plies her trade in Belarus, where she scored 22 goals in 25 games for Neman Grodno last season.

For country, the 21-year old played an equally crucial role as she scored thrice against Guinea-Bissau to guarantee the WAFCON ticket.

Limata Nikiema

Nikiema will be feeling at home during the WAFCON as she plays her club football in Morocco with Raja Ait Lazza. The 276-year old midfielder has been one of Burkina Faso’s stand out players in their maiden qualification and scored once against Guinea Bissau.

Charlotte Millogo

The defender plies her trade with Burkina Faso Women’s League Champions USFA and not only played a crucial role for her club to clinch the domestic title, but also was a key figure as she skipper the Stallions to their maiden qualification.

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