Now the grains will be separated from the shaft as the home stretch of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations begins.
Burkina Faso and Gabon lock horns in Limbe. Both finished their groups in second place, and a win on Sunday means a place amongst the Big Eight of African football.
Few days before this AFCON kickoff, Burkina Faso defeated Gabon 3-0 in a Dubai-based friendly.
This might serve as a morale boaster for The Stallions, who aim at repeating their 2013 feat when they went all the way through to the final.
After an opening game 2-1 defeat to hosts Cameroon, Burkina Faso defeated Cape Verde 1-0 before being held to a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia. Four points were enough to see them finish second in Group A, but the Burkinabe will be looking for more sharpness if they are to continue their run.
With his young and talented squad, coach Kamou Malo can count on the likes of Bertrand Traoré, Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba and his experienced defender Issoufou