AFCON

Put: It was just ‘bad luck’

2015-01-19 12:06
Paul Put (Gallo)

Bata - Following their disappointing 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener, Burkina Faso head coach Paul Put claims his side were just unlucky to drop the maximum points against Gabon on Saturday.

The Stallions suffered a 2-0 defeat to Gabon in the second Group A clash played at the Estadio de Bata, courtesy of Pierre Aubameyang and Malick Evouna strikes.

Addressing reporters in a post-match press conference, the Belgian-born tactician said that his charges were on top of their game despite missing out on clear-cut chances.

“We were playing against a strong team,” said Put.

“I think we did well as a team taking into consideration that we have been training and working hard.

“We went to the game knowing the capacity and quality of the Gabon team very well.

“We played very well but unfortunately you don’t win games if you don’t score goals.

“That is a primary law in football and I don’t think we lost as a question of lack of concentration.

“It was just bad luck.”

A defeat for the 2013 AFCON finalists sent them to the bottom of the log standings with two games left to play.

They will be hoping to redeem themselves when they face the host nation, Equatorial Guinea, in Bata on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 18:00 (SA time).

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