Burkina Faso coach Paul Put: Everything is in our hands against Zambia

The Stallions’ trainer says their victory against Ethiopia was unexpected but has now set his vision on taming the Chipolopolo in their next game

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put is a happy man. In Friday’s game against Ethiopia, his team finally won a match at the Africa Cup of Nations in 15 years.

With first choice goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye sent off in the first half, the Stallions rallied to thrash Ethiopia 4-0 in Mbombela to move to the top of Group C.

“We can say it was a very crazy game. We had it difficult in the first fifteen minutes because we had a lot of pressure,” said Put.

“We didn’t let them play their normal game. I was very happy after the [first] goal, we were relieved and we could play free.

“With ten players, I think we it did very well. Tactically, the team is very disciplined, we kept two players up in front and we scored another three goals.

“This is very good for the confidence and I also think the team was ready to revenge because there was a lot of criticism after the last Afcon.”

Burkina Faso will face defending champions Zambia in their next game on Tuesday. Victory will mean they will top the group with seven points while the Zambians could be eliminated.

“Everybody wants to prove something and I think we’re on the right track and we’ll try to continue. Now we have to be smart against Zambia, I think we have everything in our hands. It would be the same – discipline, collective play and compactness in the pitch.

“With this I think we can make it to a good end to qualify [for the quarter finals] but we need to keep both feet on the ground,” the Belgian said.