Burkina Faso head coach Brahima Traore has said teamwork will be the important ingredient that will see him through against the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria.
The Young Stallions are seeking a place in the semi-final at the 2023 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.
Traore’s boys will face the Golden Eaglets in a West Africa derby at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers on Thursday.
“We go into the match with calmness but the enthusiasm to do well and achieve qualification to the World Cup,” the gaffer told a press conference on Wednesday.
“I have insisted with the players that we have to play together as a team and not individually. We want to achieve collectively as a team.”
The Golden Eaglets defeated the Burkinabes 2-1 the last time both teams met in the final of the WAFU B Championship in Ghana last year.
Traore has refused to dwell too much on that defeat and insisted that both teams have changed.
“Both teams have changed, and most of the players who played then are not in the teams. It will be a different match and definitely tougher,” the coach stated.