Burkina Faso coach Kamou Malo revealed that news of the country’s political upheaval is motivating his team ahead of Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Senegal.
“These events provide us with additional incentive,” said Malo, whose team advanced to the final four after defeating Tunisia 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
“We dedicated that triumph to the people at home, who are enduring a difficult political and social climate.”
The landlocked nation in west Africa has been waging a jihadist insurgency, and President Roch Marc Christian Kabore was deposed in a military coup last week.
Burkina Faso was suspended from the African Union on Monday.
“We have been dealing with this terrorism for several years and it continues to throw our people into sadness, so our goal is to give them something to cheer about,” Malo explained.
“We will not hold back if our actions on the ground may provide some measure of hope.
“People have already asked me to return the prize, which we would gladly do.”
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