Ghana vs. Burkina Faso: The Men Who Matter

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Ghana vs. Burkina Faso: The Men Who Matter
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Wednesday’s second semifinal will see the much-fancied Black Stars of Ghana take on the AFCON’s surprise package, Burkina Faso.

With a coveted place in the final at stake, this West African derby is likely to be a cagey but fiery affair, with both teams acutely aware of the price of failure.

Ghana may be the clear favourites, but after beating Togo in extra time and securing draws with Zambia and Nigeria in the group stage, Burkina Faso will be optimistic about their chances of an upset.

In this article, Bleacher Report’s African expert Ed Dove profiles some of the players likely to be central to the game’s drama.

You can follow Ed on Twitter @Eddydove.

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