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CHAN qualifier: Burkina Faso will face a 'transformed' Black Stars B - Maxwell Konadu

By Vincent Ashitey
Maxwell Konadu
Maxwell Konadu
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Black Stars B coach Maxwell Konadu has warned Burkina Faso that they will be facing a "transformed" team from the one they faced last month in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.

Burkina Faso upset Ghana at the Baba Sports Stadium courtesy a 90th-minute strike by Yannick Stephanie to secure the first leg advantage for the visitors.

The two sides again met at the just ended WAFU 2019 tournament with the Black Stars B emerging victorious 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 in extra time in the quarter-final clash.

Ahead of the CHAN qualifier second leg, Maxwell Konadu says his outfit has recovered from failing to defend the WAFU trophy and remarked that the Black Stallions should expect a tough battle.

“The players were down after losing the Wafu Cup final but they are responding [to encouragement now] and by the time we get to Burkina Faso, the players will be ready," Konadu said.

"It has not been easy because we lost to Burkina Faso in Kumasi and then we got to take them on again in Senegal and beat them on penalties. We now have to face them again in Burkina Faso."

He continued: "We know it will be a physical encounter but we know them now and they will be panicking because the team they faced in Kumasi is not the one they will meet on Friday."

"We have transformed and they will see that we will play far better than we did in the first leg.

"I am very confident that we will make it to the Chan tournament.”

Burkina Faso hosts Ghana at the Stade du 4 Août on October 20 in the second leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifier.

The Black Stars B have missed out on the last two editions of the CHAN tournament.

CHAN is exclusively reserved for players plying their trade in their local leagues.