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the coup in Burkina Faso, “an additional motivation” for the Stallions

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The military uprising and the dismissal of the president on January 24 in Burkina Faso are in the minds of the Burkinabè national team, which is preparing to play an African Cup semi-final against Senegal on Wednesday.

Despite the curfew, the streets of Ouagadougou were jubilant on Saturday evening January 29 to celebrate the victory of the Stallions of Burkina Faso against Tunisia, in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN). Something to forget for one evening security crisis and political uncertainty who have been agitating the country for more than a week. And the national national team does not intend to stop there.

“We have dedicated this qualification to our people who are going through political and social movements”, explained the Burkinabe coach, Kamou Malo, on the eve of the the semi-final against Senegal on Wednesday 2 February. “The events are an extra motivation for us.”

Burkina Faso, the target of recurrent jihadist attacks that have killed thousands, experienced a military coup on January 24 that brought to power Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. The new strong man has also exchanged with the players.

“For several years, we have been confronted with this terrorism which continues to bereave our people, our objective is to give a bit of a smile to our people”, added Kamou Malo. “If we can through our sporting contribution give hope, we are not going to haggle over the efforts.”

Burkina Faso “on a mission”

A contribution that is bearing fruit, if we judge the state of mind in Ouagadougou: “What they are doing, it feels good. We are very happy. They are wetting the jersey to the nation”, explains a supporter interviewed by France 24. “It makes us forget a little […] The Cup could reconcile us nationally.”

“I am already being asked for the trophy, we will be keen to offer it to our people,” promised Kamou Malo.

“The players have promised to do their best to cheer up the hearts of the fans. They have been on a mission since the round of 16”, which took place on the day of the coup, analysis on France 24 Hervé Kouamuo, freelance journalist and specialist in African football. “Opposite, it will be Senegal. It won’t be easy but clearly for them, it’s a mission.”

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