Belgian Paul Put named Burkina Faso coach

The former Gambia coach succeeds Portuguese Paolo Duarte at the helm of the Stallions

Former Gambia coach Paul Put has signed a three-year contract with Burkina Faso to become the new coach of the Stallions, succeeding Portuguese Paolo Duarte, who was fired upon his return from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon), where his team failed to progress from the group stage.

The 55-year-old Belgian has as chief objective to qualify the west African team to the 2014 Fifa World Cup, and will have his baptism of fire against Congo on June 1 during the first round of the campaign.

Put has also managed Belgian sides Geel, Lokeren and Lierse. He was handed a three-year suspension in 2007 by the Belgian football union for his alleged involvement in the Zheyun Ye match-fixing scandal.

Burkina Faso has never qualified for the Fifa World Cup, but has participated in eight editions of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).