Burkina Faso’s Alain Traore out with thigh injury

Burkina Faso’s joy at reaching the quarterfinals of the African

Cup of Nations was tempered on Thursday after leading scorer Alain

Traore was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a thigh


Traore left the field just 10 minutes into the 0-0 draw with

Zambia in the final round of Group C games on Tuesday. He has

pulled a left thigh muscle, Burkina Faso’s team doctor said.

The Lorient forward scored three goals in the group stage to be

the tournament’s leading scorer as Burkina Faso made the second

round for just the second time, and the first since 1998.

But he was stretchered off early against Zambia and won’t be

part of the quarterfinal against Togo on Sunday.

”My AFCON tournament is finished,” Traore told the African Cup

website on Thursday. ”It has been a long wait for us to qualify

for the quarterfinals after such a long time, but my injury has

spoiled the enjoyment a little.”

Traore came to the African Cup after a monthlong injury layoff.

He appeared as a substitute in Burkina Faso’s opening game against

Nigeria and scored a late equalizer, then grabbed two goals in the

4-0 win over Ethiopia.

”Alain’s chances of continuing in this Nations Cup are minus 10

percent,” team doctor Romaric Toe said. ”He pulled a muscle in

his left thigh and will undergo all the necessary examinations, but

his competition, I would say, is over.”