Brama Traoré steps up as Burkina Faso’s new head coach


Burkina Faso Football Federation has made a decisive move in the aftermath of their TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 campaign by appointing former Burkinabe international, Brama Traoré, as the new head coach of the national team.

Traoré, aged 50, will take over from Hubert Velud, the Frenchman whose contract wasn’t renewed following the team’s Round of 16 exit to Mali.

Traoré brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously served as an assistant to former coach Paul Put between 2012 and 2015.

His coaching pedigree also includes stints with the Burkinabe U-20 and U-23 national teams, demonstrating a deep understanding of the country’s footballing talent pool.

Lazar Bansi, President of the Burkinabe Football Federation, emphasized the importance of entrusting the national team to a local coach, stating, “After several experiences, we thought it was time to give confidence to a local coach.”

Traoré’s tenure kicks off with high-stakes qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with Burkina Faso set to face Egypt in June.

It marks a pivotal moment for both Traoré and the national team as they aim to navigate through the challenges ahead and make a mark on the international stage under his leadership.

Burkina Faso fans will be eagerly anticipating Traoré’s approach and the direction he sets for the Stallions as they embark on this new chapter in their footballing journey.

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