Burkina Faso’s Mohamed Koffi “luck was on our side”
The Stallion of Burkina Faso have qualified for the round of eight for thefirst time in 15 years after the 1998 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which they hosted.
Yesterday’s qualification was all the more significant as they barred the road to the defending champions Zambia. The Chipolopolo are the first holders to leave the competition in the first round in past 21 years after Algeria did same in Senegal two years after lifting the trophy on their turf.
The Stallions who earned the reputation of being offensive in their first two games change their play style yesterday by putting more emphases on the defense. This strategy was a success for Coach Paul Put as the Stallions contained the swift Zambia attack in a stalemate.
According to Mohamed Koffi, Burkina Faso full back, Paul Put’s defensive strategy was quite expedient.
“We were under a lot of pressure because we knew that Zambia play very fast football and are very te