This year, Burkina Faso has shown their passion, ability to grind out results and ridden their luck at times, but have made their way to the final none the less.
They have only conceded two goals during the competition. Whilst they are still unbeaten.
This is a country with approximately 15million people.
Yet still people associate African football with; Ivory Coast, Ghana and South Africa. Where are they?
The Burkina-babes haven’t made it past the first round in the tournament since 1998, and have never made the final.
The star of the tournament for Burkina Faso has to be Jonathan Pitroipa. Unfortunately denied a penalty in extra-time, and instead sent off. He will now miss the final. A shocking decision.
Yes, I have a vested interest as I did put a 33/1 each-way bet on the Stallions to win the tournament, which I will at least take a place prize.
But, in all honesty, I think the tournament (except for refereeing performances) has shown what a great footballing continent Africa really are.
I cannot hear the critics now!
Well done Africa!
Well done Burkina Faso.
Well done Jonathan Pitrioipa. I hope you get an appeal granted.