Burkina Faso coach Put looks forward to 'home' tie with Ghana

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put believes the Mbombela Stadium pitch will favour his side more than Ghana in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash.

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put gives instructions to Jonathan Pitriopa

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put believes the Mbombela Stadium pitch will favour his side more than Ghana in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash.

The two teams meet on Wednesday on the much-maligned surface in Nelspruit.

The Stallions have played all four of their matches at the tournament on the pitch, including their 1-0 win over Togo in the quarter-finals.

Ghana have played all their games on the lush green Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium pitch in Port Elizabeth.

“It’s always an advantage [having played on the pitch] but Ghana is also a technical team and a physical team as well,” Put said.

“But it’s still an advantage for us as we are playing in a ‘home’ game.

“Even though the pitch is very bad it’s our home stadium and we have nothing to lose as no one expected us to play in the semi-finals.”

Put says his players have adapted their game to suit the surface where the bounce of the ball can be very deceptive.

“It’s very difficult because you need one or two controls before you can play the ball, while on the training ground its only one touch.

“So I told the players to be patient and stay well organised because with this pitch you never know.

“With one error they can kick your head off, so we have to be careful.”

The Belgian coach says his first task in preparing the team to face Ghana is to bring his players back to earth after Jonathan Pitroipa’s header sent them into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998 when they achieved the feat on home soil.

“I’ll keep them with both feet on the ground – I know Africa a little and if you let them fly it never ends,” he said.

“I’ll congratulate them and tell them I’m very proud but there’s still a job to do and as long as it’s not done you have to concentrate and stay focussed on your work.

“We respect Ghana they are a great team and great players but one thing is sure we are playing in Nelspruit for the fifth game – so it’s our home stadium now.”

Historically, Ghana have the upper hand over Burkina Faso at the Nations Cup finals, having won all three encounters between the two.

In 1978, the then Upper Volta lost 3-0 while in 2002 the Black Stars won 2-1 and most recently they triumphed 1-0 in 2010 – all the matches were in the group stages of the tournament.

Source: BBC

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Chuku says:

    Ghana can win if Asamoah Gyan utilizes his chances. His but is too fat and juicy. He needs to speed up his game

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      aa should START the continental AND LOCAL BASED PLAYERS IN THIS GAME. ASANTE, KISSIS, AFFUL, CLOTTEY, AWAL….MUST ALL START IN THIS GAME.. THEY CAN COMPETE BOOT FOR BOOT WITH THE BUGA BUGA PITCH AND THE BURKINA PLAYERS. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YIADOM IN THIS GAME. HIS HEIGHT, SPEED AND SKILL WILL BE WORRYSOME FOR THE BURKINA DEFENDERS…

    • Zg says:

      Lol Chuku, hopefully you meant your comment in a different way because thats was soo gay.i will give you benefit of the doubt,sometimes we say things that come out different than what we actually mean.

      • Chuku says:

        Ha haaa. I am not gay but he looks like one

        • kantoose says:

          now u ppl understand why I insulted this chuku idiot. You think the players are not everyday people like you. You think they don’t browse internet and read sports sites? What a fool, Gay idiot! don’t say what u will not say when u see them in person..NINCOMPOOP. This same Gyan a.k.a babyjet may break our 31year jinx. do the the do!

  2. Dr Who says:

    @chuku,you are a gay! Clear off & leave Gyan alone.Fire burn you!

  3. phillbanger says:

    Chuku is really gay.how do u say a mans butt is juicy.fire will burn u 4 reall

  4. Chu says:

    Long balls would be essential for that beach pitch. No too much pass pass

  5. SNOW DEMON says:

    LOOK AT FILTH BANGER CALLING SOMEONE A GAY. EIH GOD!!! THIS GUY IS AN ARSE HIMSELF AND HE ALWAYS GET FUCKED. ÏN AMERICA WHERE YOU BELIEVE IS HEAVEN IS THE LAND OF GAY MANUFACTURE. LOOK HE PHILBANGER I HEARD YOUR MOM WORE A DILDO AROUND HER SHAPLESS WAIST AND FUCKED YOUR ARSEHOLE DAD WITH THAT AND NINE MONTH LATER THIS LITTLE CUTE ARSE OF PHILBANGER WAS BORN AND FROM THE ARSE OF A MAN. AND SHIT IS WHAT YOU ARE AND WOULD BE. I WOULD PERSONALLY FUCK THE ARSE OF YOU FUCKED UP SISTERS WHEN I FUCKEN GET THEM ARSEHOLE

  6. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    CHAMZ ON GHSOCCERNET SAYS..
    History is repeating itself. Last year, Ghana traveled to Bata, where Zambia was based for group stages and lost.
    This year Ghana goes to Nelspruit where Bfaso has played four games. Plus, the dodgy pitch, I am sorry Ghana will be beaten.
    Reply to this Comment
    GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! sayS…
    CHAMZ
    DID GH LOSE BCOS OF THE PITCH IN BATA? INFACT, I REMEMBER VERY VIVDLY THAT GH PLAYED THEIR BEST GAME IN BATA AGAINST ZAMBIA.
    THE LESSON GH HAS LEANT IS THIS. BEAUTIFUL, CHAMPAGNE FLOWING SOCCER DOSENT NECESSARILY WIN YOU GAMES.
    BURKINA MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THAT SORRY ASS PITCH. HOWEVER, IF GH STARTS THEIR LOCAL/CONTINENTAL BASED PLAYERS…LIKE ASANTE, CLOTTEY, KISSI,
    AWAL WHO PLAYS IN S AFRICA. GH WILL HAVE AN EDGE. GH HAS BY FAR THE BEST PLAYERS. THE BURKINABES WILL BE PLAYING THE COUNTER BCOS THEY HAVE
    NO STRIKING FIRPOWER. IF GH NEUTRALIZES PITRIOPA, DAGANO N KABORE. THE GAME WILL BE OVER IN THE FIRST HALF. WATCH GH VS NIGER N U WILL SEE….

  7. SNOW DEMON says:

    AND WHERE THE FUCK IS CHAMZ

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      WE HVE TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES TO THEM MAKE MISTAKES IN THE 18.
      OUR PLAYERS MUST PLAY BREAK N PASS BALL. CONTROL THE FLOW OF THE GAME. MOVE THE BALL ALONG THE WINGS N TRU THE MIDDLE.
      FYI: NEUTRALISE PITRIOPIA N THE BURKINA CAPTAIN.
      AA, USE THIS GAME TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES.
      OUR WINGERS, MIDFIELDERS N STRIKERS MUST INVADE AT WILL.
      THE MORE GOALS WE GET, THE MORE CONFIDENT OUR PLAYERS WILL BE GOING INTO THE FINAL.
      AA MUST STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!. STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!
      STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament!
      AA, NEUTRALIZE THESE BURKINA PLAYERS AND YOU WILL WIN…Jonathan Pitriopa, Charles Kabore, Moumouni Dagano
      FYI: aa should START the continental AND LOCAL BASED PLAYERS IN THIS GAME. ASANTE, KISSIS, AFFUL, CLOTTEY, AWAL….MUST ALL START IN THIS GAME.
      THEY CAN COMPETE BOOT FOR BOOT WITH THE BUGA BUGA PITCH AND THE BURKINA PLAYERS. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YIADOM IN THIS GAME.
      HIS HEIGHT, SPEED AND SKILL WILL BE WORRYSOME FOR THE BURKINA DEFENDERS…
      starting line up
      dauda,akaminko, jonathan, awal, kissi
      annan, asante, badu, yiadom, clottey, kwadwo asamoah

  8. Franciel says:

    D. BOATENG, ASANTE and WAKASO should start(change rabiu) to control the midfield, speed up, and be more efficient

  9. Black Star says:

    I pray Annan starts on wednesday. He is quicker n releases ball quicker than Rabiu n Boateng combined. Annan’s experience in bullying physical players is high. (You can ask Mikel n Yaya) annan can shield the back 4 very well.

  10. kwame-blz says:

    This pitch has no problem, simple and common sense, water water water the pitch to state whereby its playable. simple rather than saying its bouncy this bouncy that, why do u think pitches are water before games and at half in the epl??????

  11. Chuku says:

    Ok we all know gyan has a nice butt…but y talk about it now.are u guys tryig to encourage him to start dancing Azato everytime he scores or what?

  12. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    CHUKU IS SIMPLY AN IDIOT.
    NO COMMENTS.

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    I want to confess …what zambia did to my beloved Black Stars last year still hurts,its like a wound that never heals beating us twice in a period of 4 months.Please God set me free from this hatred i have against Zambia.