Burkina Faso’s Stallions on Friday fired a warning shot ahead of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations’ (Afcon) back-to-back qualifiers against the Flames next month when they thumped Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 3-0 in a friendly match.
However, Flames coach Meck Mwase said he is not bothered with the result, insisting that his focus is on preparing his charges for the double header fixtures.
Burkina Faso scored through Bertrand Traore, Bryan Dabo and Issoufou Dayo as they saw off The Leopards in Morocco where they led 1-0 at half time..
According to goal.com, Traore’s header following an assist from Abdul Razack Traore opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before Dabo struck from the spot in the 68th minute.
Dayo added a third four minutes from time to round off a resounding win for the West Africans, who were one of the biggest names to miss out on the 2019 Afcon.
Mwase played down DRC’s resounding victory, saying: “Of course, they [Burkina Faso] are a good side and we should be well prepared for them, but just because they have beaten DRC does not mean that we should be shaken.
“We will do a thorough homework on them so that by the time we face them, we should be ready,” he said.
Burkina Faso’s next friendly is against Madagascar today.
The Flames also tuned up for the Burkinabes by lining up two friendlies against Zambia’s Chipolopolo on Wednesday and Zimbabwe’s Warriors yesterday.
Malawi lost to Zambia 1-0 in Lusaka.
Burkina Faso are tied on four points with Group B leaders Uganda’s Cranes from two matches apiece.
The Flames are third with three points also from two matches, having beaten table anchors South Sudan 1-0 at home before going down 2-0 to Uganda away. The top two teams will qualify for the finals to be hosted by Cameroon.