It’s final day in the Africa Cup of Nations and Sunday evening sees the culmination of the South Africa-based tournament as Nigeria face underdogs Burkina Faso in the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
There is plenty of romanticism surrounding Burkina Faso, who have done wonders to get this far, not least when up against a terrible referee in their semi-final victory over Ghana.
To put it in perspective, in 26 previous matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, before the 2013 tournament, Burkina Faso had won just two games.
All eyes will be on Jonathan Pitroipa, the Burkina Faso attacker that was sent off (wrongly) in the semi-final and who, thankfully, has been allowed to play in the final on Sunday.
Pitroipa told our pals Puma about what it would mean to the whole of Burkina Faso if they can eke out a win against Nigeria: “It would be an incredible success because at some point, nobody believed in us anymore. But I think a few people expected our generation one day to achieve something and we proved this year that we could do it. Some supporters in Burkina Faso believed in our generation of players and said that this generation was the one that could make an impact. And now, if we win this CAN, we would give something amazing to our people, and they would be happy to have the cup coming back home. They would be proud of us and we would also be proud of wearing the national team jersey. It would also bring some good things for the country in terms of image. And then Burkina Faso will maybe be considered as a growing football nation.”
101 Great Goals has teamed up with PUMA®, the Official Fan Supplier to the Orange African Cup of Nations, to offer one lucky fan the chance to win the official replica Burkina Faso home football shirt.
Burkina Faso are one of six PUMA® sponsored nations competing in the tournament.
To win the shirt just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this simple question:
Where does Jonathan Pitroipa play his club football?
2. Manchester United
Visit www.puma.com/AfricanFootball throughout the Orange Africa Cup of Nations® 2013 to discover What’s in The Nature of African Football.
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2. Competition is open to UK residents only
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