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Burkinabe acclimatising in Joburg

Posted: 2 October 2017 Time: 08:36

The Burkina Faso national team have quietly arrived in South Africa sporting some familiar faces for Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Bafana Bafana at FNB Stadium.

Burkinabe coach Paulo Duarte says his team will have their first training session in Johannesburg today after touching down over the weekend.

“Yes, the team is camping in Johannesburg,” Duarte confirms to KickOff.com.

“The team is set to start training on Monday. We want to use the five days to train and acclimatise to the conditions in South Africa.”

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Duarte is without injured attackers Jonathan Pitroipa and Jonathan Zongo, and suspended defender Issoufou Dayo, who was sent off in a clash with Senegal.

However, PSL fans will recognise a couple of the visitors in well-travelled ex-Chippa United striker Aristide Bance and former Free State Stars goalkeeper Daouda Diakite.

The Stallions share the Group D summit with Cape Verde on six points after four games - a point more than Senegal and five in front of Bafana.

Senegal and Bafana have a match in hand after their first meeting was chalked off by FIFA after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match-fixing.

Burkina Faso squad:

Goalkeepers: Daouda Diakite (AS Vita Club‚ DR Congo)‚ Herve Koffi (Lille‚ France)‚ Germain Sanou (Beauvais‚ France)

Defenders: Yacouba Coulibaly (Le Havre‚ France)‚ Bakary Kone (Strasbourg‚ France)‚ Mohamed Gnontcha Kone (Lokomotiv Tashkent‚ Uzbekistan)‚ Mohamed Ouattara (Wydad Casablanca‚ Morocco)‚ Dylan Ouedraogo (Monaco‚ France)‚ Issouf Paro (Niort‚ France)‚ Steeve Yago (Toulouse‚ France)

Midfielders: Yaya Banhoro (Santos‚ Brazil)‚ Adama Guira (Aarhus‚ Denmark)‚ Charles Kabore (Krasnodar‚ Russia)‚ Stephane Aziz Ki (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Bakary Bouba Sare (Belenenses‚ Portugal)‚ Ousmane Junior Sylla (CS Constantine‚ Algeria)‚ Ibrahim Blati Toure (Omonia Nicosia‚ Cyprus)‚ Alain Traore (Al Markhiya‚ Qatar)

Forwards: Aristide Bance (Al Masry‚ Egypt)‚ Cyrille Bayala (Sheriff Tiraspol‚ Moldavia)‚ Banou Diawara (Smouha‚ Egypt)‚ Anthony Koura (Nancy‚ France)‚ Prejuce Nakoulma (Nantes‚ France)‚ Bertrand Traore (Lyon, France).

Article by: Ernest Fakude

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