Duarte: Burkinabe staying grounded


The Stallions will remain in Libreville, the scene of their quarter-final win over Tunisia, as they face off against The Pharaohs in the first semi-final on Wednesday night (21h00 SA time) at Stade de l’Amitie.

“My mission is always to win the next match,” states Duarte, who is now in his second spell in charge of the Burkinabe team.

“My ambition in this competition is to go as far as possible and this is the same thing shared by the opponents. I always build a team that can be mentally strong and has the willingness to win and always stays positive and always wants to go to the next stage.

“Of course we want to go as far as possible like we did in 2013 but we have to take it step by step, each match as it comes. As l told you last time the players are improving with each match and increasing their level of humility.

“We need to remain with the same humility no matter which opponent we play. We want to bring something positive for the people of Burkina Faso,” says the Portuguese.

In reaching their second semi-finals in the last three editions of AFCON, the West Africans steam-rolled past Tunisia on Saturday evening.

It was a display that signaled just how capable Burkina Faso are of going all the way in Gabon.

The coach continued: “It was a very difficult match but we paid attention to the details. So with us, attention was on details, we were afraid of their team especially on corner kicks and free kicks because we know they are very athletic. We know they have the aerial presence and in our team I don’t have any player who is beyond 1,85 meters tall.”

By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport.

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