Burkina Faso National Football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON, and nickname

Burkina Faso National Football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON, and nickname

The national football team of Burkina Faso is one of the top African football teams. The Stallions displayed skill and talent in the AFCON 2022 matches scoring in all the games and winning against Gabon and Cape Verde. Their latest game against Ethiopia ended in a draw, confirming their progress to the Group A stage.

Burkina Faso National Football team
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What is the most popular sport in Burkina Faso? Soccer is the most popular sport in Burkina Faso. The Burkinabe squad has a very vibrant fan base back home who hold the team in great esteem and pride.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Burkina Faso National Football team
  • Nickname: The Stallions 'Les Etalons'
  • Managed by: Burkinabé Football Federation
  • Founded: 1960
  • Colours: Green, red, yellow, and white
  • Federation: CAF
  • Coach: Kamou Malo
  • Captain: Charles Kaboré
  • FIFA ranking: 60 (as of December 2021)
  • Stadium: Stade du 4-Août

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Burkina Faso National football club history

Burkina Faso National Football team squad, The Stallion
The Stallions pose for a team photo before the Group A AFCON match against Ethiopia, 2022. Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP.
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The club's history is deeply interconnected with its country's history. After independence, the West African nation changed its name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso.

The 62-year-old (as of 2022) soccer club was initially called the Upper Volta national football team. However, soon after independence, the club's name was changed to the Burkina Faso national football team.

Burkina Faso National Football team
The Stallion players celebrate a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Burkina Faso and Cameroon, 2017. Photo:Gabriel Bouys/AFP.
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The Burkina Faso National football team's nickname is 'Les Etalons', which translates to the Stallion. The name originates from the legend of the Burkinabe princess Yennega.

Burkina Faso national football team AFCON 2022.

Burkina Faso National Football team squad, AFCON 2022
The Stallions' forward Ouattara (Centre) runs with the ball in the Group B FCON match against Ethiopia, 2022. Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI /AFP
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The Stallions have appeared in four group A matches against Cameroon, Gabon, Cape Verde and Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the team lost the game against Cameroon 2 - 1, with the match against Ethiopia ending in a draw. Their Thursday game against Cape Verde ended in a win 0 - 1. As a result, the squad will be proceeding to round 16 of the AFCON 2022.

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Has Burkina Faso ever won the African Cup of Nations?

The Stallions have never won the AFCON championships. During the 2017 matches, the Stallion's best performance came when the squad made it to third place behind Cameroon and Egypt.

Burkina Faso National Football team, AFCON 2017
The Stallions celebrate a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place match. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto.
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Burkina Faso national football team players

The Burkina Faso national football team coach is Kamou Malo. He was appointed to the position by the Burkinabé Football Federation in 2019. Who is the Burkina Faso national football team captain? Defensive midfielder and most capped player of the Stallion's team Charles Kaboré is the club's team captain.

Burkina Faso National Football team, coach, AFCON 2022, Kamou Malo
Coach Kamou Malo looks on during the Group A Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/ AFP.
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Here are the players making up the Stallions 2022 squad.

Goalkeepers:

  • H. Koffi (Charleroi)
  • F. Sofiane (Majestic SC)
  • K. Nikiema (Ado Den Haag)
  • A. Sawadogo (RC Kadiogo)

Defenders:

  • E. Tapsoba (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • I. Dayo (RS Berkane)
  • N. Yacouba (FC Basel)
  • S. Ouattara (FUS de Rabat)
  • S. Yago (Aris Limassol)
  • I. Kabore (Troyes)
  • P. Malo (Hassania Agadir)
  • A. Traore (Horoya AC)
  • H. Nikiema (Salitas FC)

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Midfielders:

  • G. Fabrice (Quevilly-Rouen)
  • D. Nikiema (Horoya AC)
  • A. Guira (Racing Rioja CF)
  • B. Toure (AFC Eskilstuna)
  • I. Ouedraogo (PAOK Salonika)
  • S. Saïdou (Ittihad Alexandria)

Forwards:

  • B. Traore (Aston Villa)
  • Z. Sanogo (Ararat-Armenia)
  • C. Bayala (AC Ajaccio)
  • E. Traore (Pyramids FC)
  • M. Konate (Akhmat Grozny)
  • F. Aboubacar (FC Lorient)
  • B. Hassane (NK Istra)
  • F. Abdoul (Standard de Liège)
  • J. Kouame (AC Ajaccio)
  • D. Ouattara (Olympique de Safi)

Burkina Faso national football team FIFA ranking

The Stallions were ranked at position 60 with 1397.64 points in the latest FIFA rankings. The Burkinabe club was ranked 11 out of all African national soccer teams, missing out on the 2021 Top 10 African teams in FIFA ranking list.

The Burkina Faso national football team trophies

The Stallions squad has not had any trophies or titles as of 2022.

Burkina Faso National Football team squad, coach, world rankings, AFCON, and nickname
The Burkina Faso national football team players pose for a group photo ahead of the Group A Africa Cup of Nations 2021 football match between Cameroon and Burkina. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP.
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The Burkina Faso national team is definitely a squad to watch out for in the AFCON 2021 knock outs. Fans eagerly await the club's first round 16 match against Gabon on the 23rd of January. Will the West African squad take their first AFCON win?

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