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We can beat Nigeria and qualify - Bance



Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance says they have a competitive squad to take on Group C opponents Nigeria, Zambia and Ethiopia and qualify for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.

In an interview with supersport.com after he played a storming match in the 3-0 victory over Swaziland’s national team on Thursday night, Bance said the confidence is back and they are “ready to face” Nigeria and the rest of the group opponents.

“We have had intense preparations and now we are ready to face Nigeria and the rest,” Bance said.

“It’s important that we win the first game. I am not saying it will be easy but we have a competitive squad to go all the way,” said the FC Augsburg striker.

Bance set the ‘Stallions’ off to a romping 3-0 victory with a well-taken goal from outside the big box. He let fly with a stinging shot that rocked the roof of the net in the 36th minute.

He gave Swaziland’s defence a torrid time with his off-the-ball runs and close ball control for the remainder of his time out on the field.

Bance was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to Burkina Faso as a child. He made his debut for the Stallions in 2003 and has been in and out of the national team since then although he has featured more regularly in recent years.

This will be his second appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations after featuring in 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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