Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia  4 - 0

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Burkina Faso buried hatchet, says Put

26 January 2013 17:10

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put believes his side were 'ready for revenge' after they recorded their first Africa Cup of Nations victory in 15 years.

Put's side romped to a thumping 4-0 win against Ethiopia, despite being reduced to 10 men after goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye was sent off in the first half.

The result leaves Burkina Faso top of Group C on four points and coach Put feels they have silenced the critics after a disappointing AFCON campaign last year, when they failed to pick up a single point.

"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," Put said.

"We can say it was a very crazy game. We had it difficult in the first 15 minutes because we had a lot of pressure.

"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 10 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."

Burkina Faso will face Zambia in their next game with victory securing a place in the knockout stages for the Stallions, while the current AFCON champions could be eliminated.

Put continued: "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 qualify (for the quarter-finals) but we need to keep both feet on the ground."

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Bishaw demands attacking Ethiopia

26 January 2013 16:07

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has said that his side must face their Africa Cup of Nations clash with Nigeria with a lot of hunger for goals.

Bishaw's side was defeated 4-0 by 10-man Burkina Faso in the second game of Group C in Mbombela on Friday.

Having taken a point in their first game against Zambia, there were high expectations placed on the Ethiopians going into the game against the west Africans but they fell short after losing inspirational forward Adane Girma to injury early.

And now they must gain a positive result from their clash with the Nigerians, if they are to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the continental competition.

"We didn't expect this result from the very beginning. We hoped that we would play again like the first game and take a point against Burkina Faso," Bishaw said.

The Antelopes - who still have a mathematical chance to qualify for the last eight - take on Nigeria in Rustenburg on Tuesday, and Bishaw was aware of the need to be aggressive.

"We're not going to the field to defend, because defending will only give you one point. Now we must try to play against Nigeria to score goals to have three points," he said.

"Maybe if we have three points, totally we will have four points, and we may qualify to the next stage.

"Not only will we just score one or two goals, we need to score lots of goals also, otherwise, it is a matter of dignity and to maintain the level of football of our boys."