The Burkina Faso national football team, Burkinabe, will be pitching a two day camp in Kenya in their preparations for an upcoming 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
The team will be taking on Comoros on Sunday 5 June in a Group D game and felt camping in Kenya on their way there would be ideal given the two nations’ climatic conditions are almost similar.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the team arrived in Nairobi on Thursday 2 June and will be staying at the Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi.
The team will, during their time in Kenya, be training at the artificial turf in Karen area at the GEMS Cambridge School.
“Burkina-Faso are in the country en-route to Comoros, the team which is currently staying at the Ole Sereni Hotel will be in the country for two days and are scheduled to have a light training session at 3pm today, at the GEMS Cambridge school in Karen,” the FKF stated.
Apart from Comoros, Burkina Faso are with Uganda and Ghana as well in the group.
Former Uganda Cranes skipper Andrew Mwesigwa has taken to social media to rant at his national team head coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic’s move to leave him out of the team preparing for the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Burkina Faso.
Micho named his squad for the match, overlooking the defender despite his fine form at his Vietnamese club, Ha Noi and the 31 – year old did not take it lightly.
“I am surprised. I have never announced my retirement from the national team and am currently active at my club where I am part of a back line that has kept many clean sheets,” he said.
The coach is on record stating that he is building a strong team for 2019 and beyond but Mwesigwa feels that is poor planning from the Serbian who led Uganda to the CECAFA Senior Challenge title in 2015.
“I have reservations for Project 2019. It should be first things first. We have a big chance this time round as we are topping the group after two games and who knows who we shall draw in the qualification for AFCON 2019. What if they are tougher opponents than what is at hand now?” he wondered.
The Pharaohs of Egypt have lined up a double-header against West African side, the Stallions of Burkina Faso as they plan to get in top shape for the looming AFCON qualifiers against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Egypt Football Association (EFA) executive committee member Ihab Lehita disclosed the Pharaohs will play two friendly games against Burkina Faso in Cairo on January 24 and 28 as part of preparations for their crucial 2017 AFCON double header against Nigeria in March.
It was gathered that a third game is also being muted and will be announced later and it is expected to be against Romania or Uzbekistan in February.
Egypt are top of their AFCON qualifying group with six points from two matches, while Nigeria are second on four points.
With only the group winners gaining the automatic tickets to qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, Egypt are keen to make the most of the looming clashes against Nigeria as many already posit that the next two games will have a huge influence on the final standings in the Group.
Nigeria’s Home Eagles are to set up a training camp overseas prior to the kick-off of the CHAN in Rwanda in January.
The home-based Super Eagles brushed aside Burkina Faso 2-0 on aggregate to join 13 other countries for the CHAN, which begins on January 16 in Kigali.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are now working on proper build-up for the team heading to Rwanda.
“The plan is to the team to train in a country close to Rwanda before the competition,” a top official revealed.
“Tanzania would have been a suitable site but it is too expensive.
“We are sure a more definite plan will be finalised very soon.”
This will be Nigeria’s second appearance at the tournament reserved for players who ply their trade in their home leagues.
Last year, Nigeria finished third on their debut in South Africa.
Super Eagles B team assistant captain, Chima Akas is over the heels with qualification of Nigeria for the 2016 African Nations Championship, CHAN.
The home-based Eagles picked one of the available 15 tickets after a barren draw in Ouagadougou on Sunday, to qualify for the Championship via 2-0 on score aggregate and for Akas it was deserving to Nigeria make it to Rwanda.
“We deserve to qualify considering our performance in both fixtures; we played better both home and away. I’m excited will achieve our aims and target,” Akas told SupportTheNPFL.com in a chat from Ouagadougou.
Sharks FC defender, who captained the team in both legs of the qualifiers praised his team mates, technical crew, the Federation and passionate Nigerian fans.
“We are happy and joyful, we give thanks to God for the success achieved, his favour and grace.
“Kudos to my team mates, we were all committed and we gave our best, fortunate for us our best secured the ticket.
“We appreciate the technical crew for their hard work and effort dedicated to the team and the believe they had in us to deliver, the camping and travelling arrangements of the Federation and the super support from all Nigerians.
“We are through to the championship, we are happy and we are savouring the moment,” Akas said.
The Eagles made their maiden appearance at the 2014 edition of the CHAN tournament in South Africa where they ended up as bronze medallist.
They will hope to do better in Rwanda next year.
Recuperating Super Eagles Head Coach Sunday Oliseh is in a happy mood following the qualification of the home-based team for next year’s African Nations Championships, CHAN.
The Nigeria team sealed their place in Rwanda after battling to a goalless draw against the Etalons of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on Sunday and Oliseh was full of praises to God for the feat by the local based stars.
He was on twitter to show his excitement and wrote:
Praise God! Super Eagles qualify for CHAN 2016 on 2-0 aggregate Vs Burkina Faso.
— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) October 25, 2015
Aside Oliseh, Nigeria’s leader of delegation to Ouagadougou, Shehu Dikko was also full of praises to the Nigeria squad.
“It was a tough game, but I’m happy our boys withstood everything thrown at them to qualify. The NFF is proud of the team’s display and the discipline exhibited.” He was quoted as saying on thenff.com
Also, the Nigeria Ambassador to Burkina Faso, His Excellency David Bala, who hosted the Eagles to a dinner on Saturday and to lunch on Sunday, said: “I am delighted. The boys made the country proud. This is a battle they have won so bravely.”
The home based Super Eagles team have secured qualification for next year’s African Nations Championship,CHAN after they forced their opponent Burkina Faso to a goalless draw on Sunday in their second leg tie.
Having won the first leg 2-0 in Port Harcourt last weekend, the Eagles B team put up a resolute defensive display to earn a berth at the 2016 CHAN tournament to be hosted by Rwanda.
Hosts, Burkina Faso dominated the return leg game, but however failed to translate their dominance into goals as the Eagles struggled to find their bearing and did not create chances.
That nonetheless, the Eagles did just enough and are now set for their second participation in CHAN after missing out on the two earlier editions.
The Eagles made their maiden appearance at the 2014 edition in South Africa where they ended up as bronze medalist.
They will hope to do better in Rwanda next year.
Home Eagles assistant captain Chima Akas, is confident the team will beat Burkina Faso for the second time today in the return leg of the African Nations Championship qualifier in Ouagadougou.
The Eagles hold a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg and Akas explained that they know the importance of not only sitting back and trying to protect the goal cushion adding that they would ensure they match their foes in all departments to scale through.
“We are ready and raring to go. We won’t give anything to chance in Ouagadougou because the confidence and the mood in camp is that we will like to qualify for Rwanda 2016.
“We are not bothered about any hearsay from their coach or whoever, we are only concerned about our own game,” Akas said.
The Eagles B side got a bronze medal in their maiden appearance at the CHAN in 2014 in South Africa after they missed out on the first two editions of the competition in 2009 and 2012.
They were beaten by Niger Republic and Ghana respectively on both occasions.
The home-based Super Eagles team are hoping to record a double over the Etalons of Burkina Faso as both teams battle in Sunday’s 2016 African Nations Championship final round, second leg qualifier.
The Eagles B team already have a 2-0 advantage from the first leg played last weekend in Port Harcourt and they are now hoping to consolidate on that in Sunday’s crucial second leg by recording yet another win at the at the Stade August 4.
Yaro Bature and Gbolahan Salami were the goal scorers for Nigeria in the first leg.
Captain of the Nigeria team Salami told thenff.com that they have their eyes on qualification and hope to do so in style by recording a ‘get well soon’ victory over their hosts in honour of the Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh currently indisposed owing to ill health.
“We want to win the game for Nigeria and we believe that securing the CHAN ticket will hasten the complete recovery of our head coach,” Salami said.
Meanwhile, officials have stated that the Super Eagles will be adorned in green, while the Etalons will wear white with kickoff fixed for 4pm local time (5pm Nigeria time).
Libyan referee Mohamed Ragab Omara will be at the centre, assisted by compatriots Foaad Mohamed El Maghrabi, Baesus Safe- El Naser and Abdallah Baesus Ashraf as assistant 1, assistant 2 and reserve referee respectively.
The winner on aggregate will enter the pot for next month’s Draw for the 4th African Nations Championship, taking place in Rwanda 16 January – 7 February, 2016.