The Black Stars of Ghana have been granted the opportunity to finish on a high in the third-place play-off against Burkina Faso at the Stade De Port Gentil today.
Both sides were devastated in their respective semi-final defeats, as they will like to start the re-building process towards the next Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be
staged in Cameroon.
The Black Stars have lost their last two third-place play-off matches in 2012 and 2013, after making the last four for the sixth consecutive time. On other Burkina Faso
who won silver in the 2013 edition will look to continue the impressive run in the competition over the past few years.
Ghana coach Avram Grant who might be handling the Black Stars team for the last time will look to give other players the time to prove their worth
and to reinstate their claim into future call-ups.
Ebenezer Essifuah is set to handed a starting role in today’s encounter, likewise Orlando Pirates defender, Edwin Gyimah who has not yet featured for the
stars in this year’s tournament
Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte is expected to have a different but strong line-up against the Black Stars, with striker Alain Traore back in first team action as well new players which include Cyrille Bayala and Banou Diawara set to be handed starting role.
Head to Head
The West African neighbors last met in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where the Burkinabe’s won 3-2 on penalties.
In all a total of 16 matches has been played between the two sides, with Ghana having 10 wins to Burkina Faso’s four, two matches have ended-up in a draw.
Matches played: 16
Burkina Faso wins: 4
Ghana wins: 10
Burkina Faso goals scored: 12
Ghana goals scored: 27
Probable Ghana Starting XI
Richard Ofori, Andy Yiadom,Jonathan Mensah, Edwin Gyimah, Harrison Afful, Agyemang Badu, Benard Tekptey, Ofori, Afriyie Acquah, Ebenezer Asiifuah, Wakaso.
Probable Burkina Faso Starting XI
Herve Koffi Kouakou, Prejuce Nakoulma,Yacouba Coulibaly,Souleymane Koanda,Issouf Paro,Banou Diawara,Alain Traore,Cyrille Bayala, Ibrahim Blati Toure
Prediction: Ghana 2 Burkina Faso 1
Courtesy: uniBank (Ghana) Limited