Prejuce Nakoulma’s Burkina Faso, in a word, shocked the football world over the past month with their spectacular run in the African Cup of Nations. A run that just ended today, in a 0-1 defeat in the hands of Nigeria.
Burkina Faso is a nation, that has rarely ever had any kinds of success. The country has never played in any tournament semi-final, of any age group, until this past year. A squad, with no stars, took on Africa like they were meant to be there. Playing with speed, passion, desire and a great sense of defense. And Gornik’s Nakoulma played a big role in the team success, as he was one of the teams better attacking options.
In the teams history at the African Cup of Nations, the team, when qualified, and that was rare, 7 times, they lost in group stages. Sometimes, they didn’t even enter to qualify. And at times, due to civil war, or politics or simply because the nation couldn’t afford to keep playing, the team withdrew mid-qualifying. So, the teams run, of winning their group, which included drawing Nigeria 1-1, and then beating Togo and Ghana (in penalty shootout) to advance to the final, is even more remarkable. Continue reading