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Did You Know That .....

  • Burkina Faso are nicknamed the 'The Stallions'.

  • Until 1984, Burkina Faso were known as Upper Volta.

  • The two nations have played 17 times prior - the most recent encounter occurring at Angola 2010 - with Ghana earning 12 victories and just one draw.

  • Both teams have their first-choice goalkeepers featuring in the Ghana Premier League; Burkina's Soulama Abdoulaye plays for Asante Kotoko, while Ghana's Fatau Dauda is at Ashantigold.

  • Also plying his trade in Ghana is another member of the present Burkina Faso squad; defender Henri Traore, who is the Ghanaian goalkeeper's team-mate at club level.

  • Ghana (26) and Burkina Faso (92) are some 66 places apart on the latest Fifa national team rankings.

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  • Zambia's one-year reign as champions is the shortest in the history of the tournament after the competition was switched to odd years after the 2012 edition

  • The Black Stars of Ghana have qualified for the last two World Cups, in 2010 and 2006.

  • When Ghana last won the Africa Cup of Nations, none of the current crop of Stars was born.

  • ...Asamoah Gyan is the only survivor of the Ghana Black Stars team which drew 1-1 with DR Congo in Kinshasa eight years ago?

  • ...Richmond Boakye turned 20 on the day Ghana played their final group stage match against Niger?

  • ... It was DR Congo Coach, Le Roy, who invited Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and defender Isaac Vorsah to the Black Stars?

  • ... John Paintsil has accumulated over 80 caps for Ghana during his career and now, aged 31, is comfortably the oldest player in the entire squad

  • ... Ghana have not lost in their last five games with DR Congo.

  • ...Derek Boateng`s club Dnipro (Ukraine) is claiming that Boateng has gone AWOL and that any transfer talks for the 29 year-old are being held without their permission?

  • ... Earlier this season Ghana international Solomon Asante was linked with a move to the Englah Premier League side Stoke City?

  • ... Adam Larsen Kwarasey was voted one of the 10 sexiest players at AFCON 2013?.

    Ghana-Niger

    • The first ever game between Ghana and Niger ended 6-0 in favour of Ghana in Accra back in 1969.

    • The return fixture in Niamey, which Ghana won 9-1, is Niger's biggest loss at home to date.

    • The last time Ghana-Niger met was in 1994 in Niamey, Niger's capital. Ghana won 5-1. This is Niger’s third major CAF tournament participation in a row - 2011 Chan, 2012 and 2013 AFCON editions.

    • Niger are making their second appearance at the tournament after first qualifying in 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.




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