Burkina Faso ready for African Cup of Nations

burkinabanceBURKINA Faso recovered to trounce Swaziland 5-1 Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match at a South African stadium where they have enjoyed considerable success.

The Stallions came to the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa as no-hopers, but finished runners-up to Nigeria after a five-match unbeaten run at Mbombela Stadium in the north-eastern city of Nelspruit.

Swaziland, who failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup in Equatorial Guinea from January 17, shook the Burkinabe by taking an early lead through Nthunzi Mkhonto.

But the west African team coached by Belgian Paul Put rallied to lead 2-1 at half-time through goals from Jonathan Zongo and a Maqhawe Dlamini own-goal.

It was one-way traffic toward the Swazi goalmouth in the second half and Mohamed Koffi, Alain Traore and Aristide Bance scored to complete a decisive victory.

Burkina Faso are in Group A at the Cup of Nations with central African teams Equatorial Guinea, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon.


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