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Ghana have extra rest advantage - Put

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put admits Ghana will have the advantage of an extra days rest ahead of Wednesday’s Afcon semifinal clash at Mbombela Stadium.

The Stallions head into the February 6 semifinal clash after a gruelling 1-0 win over Ivory Coast on February 3 that was secured in the 105th minute of extra time at Mbombela.

Ghana on the other hand sailed through within regulation time after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in Port Elizabeth on February 2 and also enjoy the luxury of an extra day's rest.

"I think it could play a role for sure because normally after a game they always say you need 72 hours to recuperate after a game," Put said.

"It is always tough so in that way, it will be an advantage for Ghana."

Put however added that his team was psychologically trying to blank that fact out ahead of Wednesday evening’s game.

"But I think it is also in the head so we have to get our heads cleared and don’t focus too much on that you have had one day less to recuperate and we will see," Put said.

"But psychologically it is important you don’t think about those issues and concentrate on the game."

Meanwhile, Put added that the fact that they had played all their four games since arriving for the Africa Cup at Mbombela where they are unbeaten with two wins and two draws was their greatest asset.

Burkina Faso is in line to make history with a victory over The Black Stars at Mbombela, securing them their debut Africa Cup appearance in nine outings.

The Stallions' best showing was a quarterfinal finish when they hosted the tournament in 1998.


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