Burkina Faso's new Belgian coach Paul Put has named a 24-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ second-round qualifiers against Congo on 2 June and Gabon on 9 June.
The squad includes 16 players who ply their trade in Europe, notably midfielder Charles Kabore of Marseille, centre-back Bakary Kone of Lyon and winger Jonathan Pitroipa of Rennes.
Burkina Faso were drawn in Group E in the African qualifying zone, alongside Gabon, Niger and Congo. Before their qualifiers, they will also play a friendly against Benin this Saturday in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso squad:
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kotoko/GHA), Daouda Diakite (KV Turnhout/BEL), Moussa Germain Sanou (AS Saint-Etienne/FRA)
Defenders: Bakary Kone (Lyon/FRA), Paul Keba Koulibaly (Antwerp/BEL), Soumaila Benen (Africa Sports/CIV), Mady Panandetiguiri (Valletta FC/MLT), Herve Zengue (Terek Grosny/RUS), Mohamed Koffi (Petrojet/EGY), Robert Sankara (ASEC Mimosas/CIV), Narcisse Bambara (EFO)
Midfielders: Charles Kabore (Marseille/FRA), Djakaridja Kone (Dinamo Bucharest/ROM), Florent Rouamba (Sheriff Tiraspol/MDA), Jonathan Pitroipa (Rennes/FRA), Abdoul Razak Traore (Lechia Gdansk/POL), Abdoul Karim Yoda (FC Sion/SUI), Prejuce Nacoulma (Gornik Zabrze/POL), Ali Rabo (El Shorta/EGY)
Forwards: Moumouni Dagano (Al Khor/QAT), Alain Traore (AJ Auxerre/FRA), Yahia Kebe (Al Kharitiyath/QAT), Wilfried Benjamin Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol/MDA), Pierre Koulibaly (St Nicolas/BEL)