At the top of their qualifying group for CAN 2023, Burkina Faso will have a full squad to face Togo on March 24 and 28. This is the lesson that emerges from the list of 24 players unveiled Monday by the coach of the Stallions, Hubert Velud.
Absent from the selection since September 2021 due to a serious injury, Shakhtar Donetsk striker Lassina Traoré has picked up the pace and is making a comeback! He will be accompanied by headliners such as Bertrand Traoré, Marseillais Issa Kaboré, vice-captain Issoufou Dayo, goalkeeper Hervé Koffi, defenders Edmond Tapsoba and Steeve Yago and former Lorient winger Dango Ouattara.
In the new department, local midfielder Dramane Kambou and binational Nassim Innoncenti, a 21-year-old central defender playing in Valenciennes and trained at Olympique Lyonnais and Lille, are called up for the first time.
The first leg will be relocated to Marrakech in Morocco on March 24, the return will take place on March 28 in Lomé. The Burkinabè started with victories against Cape Verde (2-0) and Eswatini (3-1) and will face Sparrowhawks last in the group with a small point on the clock. The Stallions were full of confidence in the fall by chaining three victories in friendly matches against the DR Congo (1-0), the Comoros (2-1) and especially Côte d’Ivoire, host country of the CAN 2023, in November (2-1).