Burkina Faso booked a place in the finals of next year’s African Championship of Nations after beating the local Black Stars 1-2 in the second leg of the final qualifier on Sunday.
Playing at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the Stars needed at worst a 1-1 draw to make it a fourth appearance at the tournament.
The first leg had ended 2-2 in Ouagadougou with the home-based Stallions on the verge of not making it to Kenya.
But a gritty Burkinabe side drew first blood at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium as Sylla Mohammed scored just minutes into the game.
Nikiema Herman made it 2-0 before the break for the visitors, stretching the target for the home side.
With the away-goal rule no longer their headache, the Burkinabes held on to the 4-2 aggregate advantage until Felix Addo came on in the second half to reduce the deficit.
But it was too little too late for the two-time runners-up as the match ended 2-1 in Kumasi.
Burkina Faso, as a result, qualify 4-3 on aggregate.
They join the likes of Nigeria, Zambia, Morocco, Libya, Congo and Uganda for the tournament, which begins from January 11, 2018 to February 2, 2018.