Burkina Faso coach Duarte fired

Burkina Faso’s football federation has fired coach Paulo Duarte

after the national team lost all three of its games at the African

Cup of Nations.

Burkinabe Football Federation (FBF) chairman Zambede Theodore

Sawadogo said on Friday on national radio that Portuguese coach

Duarte had ”failed to impose himself as leader of the group” at

the tournament.

Duarte’s contract was set to expire on March 31, but Sawadogo

said the FBF decided to end it early because of the poor results at

the African Cup. Burkina Faso lost to Angola, Ivory Coast and Sudan

in Group B.

Sawadogo said assistant coach Mocktar Baro would take charge for

the Feb. 29 friendly in Morocco.

The 42-year-old Duarte had coached Burkina Faso since 2008.