Côte d'Ivoire beat Senegal 3-1 and Aristide Bance missed a first-half penalty but converted one in the second half to give Burkina Faso a 3-2 victory over Algeria in the first-legs of their FIFA World Cup™ play-offs.
Burkina Faso will face Nigeria in the final of the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming Ghana on penalties in a hard-fought semi-final.
Unfancied Burkina Faso will play a CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-final outside their own country for the first time following an extra-time win over Togo. Jonathan Pitroipa headed the winner in the first period of extra-time.
Burkina Faso and Zambia played out a goalless draw that sent the former through to the last eight as Group C winners and eliminated the defending champions.
Sita Sangare, President of Burkina Faso’s Football Federation, took time out from a visit to FIFA headquarters on Tuesday to speak to FIFA.com about his plans to improve the standing of his country’s national team.
Pride and team spirit are proving the cornerstones of a Burkina Faso side confident of qualifying for South Africa 2010, as FIFA.com discovered.