Supersports.com did the five reasons Burkina Faso will be winning Sundays AFCON 2013 Finals and we thought to share with our readers. For the millions of Nigerians, who have waited for 13 years to win the cup, the reasons outlined below they would disagree.
1)Compact and relentless push
Burkina Faso have learnt and adopted a compact and relentless midfield and attacking push, which has sustained their existence so far in the tournament, mostly against Togo and Ghana in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. By doing this, they tend to disrupt the structure and creativity of their adversaries and paddle them across turbulence to nervousness and frailty.
2) Absence of Emenike and Moses
Both players are the most dreaded in the camp of the Burkinabe and prayers have been intense against the proper mending of their situation ahead of Sunday’s clash. The Spartak Moscow striker’s pace and ability tofind holes in the opposing defence make Paul Put frantic with worries. The Chelsea player’s off-the-ball intelligence and pass delivery don’t make the Burkinabe very safe, so it’d be best if both do not play or are depleted by injuries.
3) Second half stamina
The Stallions are known for their resistance and enduring stamina, and are able to maintain the run in second half while their opponents are already gasping for air. That is one aspect they would uphold against the Super Eagles who have often evinced awful fatigue deep after the break.
4) Good goalkeeping
Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite may not be as renowned as Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria, but close analysts say the Stallions’ guardian has exhibited some flair for penalty keeping both at national team level and at his Belgian club Lierse, and even during training sessions. Thus, the team will hope, at the worst, hold the session at stalemate till all the final whistles and then throw in their goalkeeper to decide their fate.
5) Pressure shift
Unlike when Nigeria played Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals when the pressure was burning on the Elephants’ shoulders, it has shifted now unto the Super Eagles for Sunday’s meeting. The Nigerians are enjoying favourable previews across the board at same time accumulating
Excerpts culled from Supersport.com analysis