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Traore: Big blow for Stallions

Traore: Big blow for Stallions

Burkina Faso and Togo will do battle on the imperfect pitch of the Mbombela Stadium for a place in the semi-finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

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Neither side were fancied to make it through the group stages but the Stallions specifically, won their group ahead of Nigeria and ousted 2012 AFCON winners Zambia.

A goalless draw against Chipolopolo, a 1-1 draw with Nigeria and the 4-0 whipping of Ethiopia ensured their passage to the quarters, albeit without the influential playmaker Alain Traore, who picked up an injury in the game against the Zambians.

They have as good a chance as the Togolese to write AFCON history by entering the next round, and speaking of history, this is the furthest Togo have come in the continental championship.

Togo, led by the influential striker Emmanuel Adebayor, are not short of confidence. They bounced back from a 2-1 loss to tournament favourites Ivory Coast by beating Algeria 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Tunisia to write a new chapter in Togolese football.

Besides Traore, both sides are fully fit and ready to do their duty.

Who wants the reward more will be the victor, and on a pitch fit for a cat's litter box, determination will probably take the teams further than a short pass.

Posted: 01/02/13 11:42

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