Stephen Keshi has said he could lead Burkina Faso to the World Cup just as he has done with Togo and Nigeria.
Keshi is the front runner for the vacant Burkina Faso top coaching post after Belgian coach Paul Put was fired at the end of a disappointing 2015 AFCON campaign in Equatorial Guinea, where the Stallions failed to win a match two years after they reached the championship game in South Africa.
In an interview conducted by Beranger ILBOUDO for local newspaper,Sidwaya,Keshi reveals why he applied for the Stallions’ top job.
‘I have been motivated by three reasons.The first is the fact that Burkina Faso is blessed with so many talents to develop and players who are technically gifted and combative.This I saw in the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
‘The second is that Burkina Faso football federation is blessed with quality football administrators and have a positive image in Africa while the third is that the country is willing to build for the future.’
Keshi says he is willing to work with the Burkina Faso Olympic team so that he can expose the talents in the country for the world to see and admitted he knows very well about football in the country and speaks on his ambition if he gets the job.
“My ambitions remain the same from one national team to another. I don’t want to have the job just to have the job but to bring a real plus,” Keshi said in the question and answer interview.
“If I am chosen, by the grace of God, I first want to qualify Burkina Faso for the 2017 AFCON finals and why not for the next World Cup as I did with Togo.
“And then I want to do what it takes to go as far as possible in those competitions. Everything is possible.”
He added: “There is no success without vision, without hard work and without confidence. If all those things are in place, I insist that the Stallions can compete with the best in Africa.
“If I get the job, my objective is to transmit this desire of giving it all for their country, this winning culture, to follow the local players and instill a healthy competition between them like I did in Nigeria with youngsters like Sunday Mba and others locals who went on to be Africa champions in 2013.
“As head coach of Nigeria, I played the 2013 AFCON final against these Stallions and I was very pleased with them.”
However, Keshi made it clear Burkina Faso are not the only team he is considering.
“I am in contact with other national teams but for the moment, out of respect for the executives of the Burkina Association, I prefer to be quiet about that,” he said.