Burkina Faso have booked a place in the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals after they defeated Tunisia 1-0 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Saturday night.
Dango Ouattara, scored the only goal of the game and was later sent off I the 82nd minute for an elbow on Ali Maaloul.
The 19 year old ran onto Blati Toure’s through ball, held off two defenders and cut inside before firing in.
But he was then sent off in the 82nd minute for an elbow on Ali Maaloul.
The Stallions reached the semis for the third time in the last five AFCONs, while the Carthage Eagles struggled to gain any traction and looked a shadow of the team which shocked Nigeria earlier in the week.
After a cagey opening quarter hour, Burkina Faso had the first genuine chance when Edmond Tapsoba’s shot from a free kick deflected off the wall and fell kindly for Cyrille Bayala, but his low effort was no trouble for Tunisia goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said.
Bayala had a far more dangerous moment midway through the first half when he skinned Mohamed Drager down the Stallions’ left before firing a low shot on goal from a tight angle which required a sharp save with his legs from Ben Said.
On 27 minutes it was Tunisia’s turn to threaten in attack, with Wahbi Khazri firing a powerful effort on target direct from a free kick, but Burkinabe goalkeeper Herve Koffi turned the shot over the top for a corner kick.
Burkina Faso continued to enjoy some strong forays and on 40 minutes they created an opening for Djibri Ouattara, but his left-footed volley was comfortably saved by the Carthage Eagles ‘keeper.
The first half looked set to end goalless, but in injury time before the interval the Stallions claimed the lead when Blati Toure played a fine through ball to set Dango Ouattara free down the right flank, before the attacker cut inside of defenders Oussama Haddadi and Dylan Bronn and fired home a left-footed shot.
The West Africans could have doubled their lead six minutes after the restart when a fast-paced counter attack set Bayala free down the right of the penalty area, but his shot from a tight angle was blocked by Ben Said to keep Tunisia in the contest.
The North Africans spurned a great chance to level the game on 57 minutes when substitute Naim Sliti drove a dangerous ball into the box which picked out the run of Khazri, but the attacking midfielder fluffed his attempt to get a shot on target.
Eleven minutes later another Tunisia substitute, Ali Maaloul, had a shot on target direct from a free kick, but Koffi made a diving save to keep Burkina Faso in the ascendancy.
The Stallions were dealt a major blow with just under 10 minutes to play when Dango Ouattara was sent off after a VAR review for elbowing Maaloul in an aerial challenge, leaving them a man down and under siege for the remainder of regulation time.
However, the Burkinabe defence stood firm in the face of wave after wave of Tunisian attacks and ultimately held out to seal a place in the final four.
The Stallions, who have never won the tournament, will meet either Senegal or Equitorial Guinea who play each other on Sunday.
2025 AFCON: Nigeria-Benin, Four Other Nations Bid To Host
Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia, and Benin-Nigeria want to replace Guinea as hosts of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirmed on Saturday.
Guinea, chosen in 2014 to stage the premier African national team tournament, withdrew last year after little progress had been made in preparing for the biennial event.
CAF officials will do inspection tours of all the candidates this month with the winners to be announced on February 10 this year.
South African billionaire businessman Motsepe said the successful country or countries would offer the best “transport, logistics, hotels and beautiful stadiums”.
“Each region will have a chance to organise a CAN (Cup of Nations). We cannot assign the organisation of the CAN successively to the same region.”
Benin and Nigeria are in west Africa, as are the Ivory Coast, who will host the 2023 Cup of Nations.
AFRDC 2023: Irabor tees off golf tournament in Abuja
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Friday in Abuja, teed off golf kitty tournament to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.
Irabor, represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the tournament was organised in partnership with the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) to celebrate the retired and fallen heroes.
He said the event was significant in remembering the nation’s fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price for defending Nigeria and those still alive who gave their best in service to the nation.
He said that there were other sporting activities organised to mark the day, adding that it was the first time the armed force would partner with NGF to organise a golf tournament.
He said that apart from golf, many other sport activities were also lined up for the occasion.
Also, Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, the President of NGF and Director-General, National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), commended the CDS for approving the partnership for the tournament.
Runsewe said there was the need to celebrate those that laid down their lives for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
He said that Nigeria had moved to the next level of golf development in line with international standard.
According to him, the International Standard is that any measure on a golf course must be branded.
“So, I’m happy to show you that if you go on the course now every measure has this international standard.
“We have 250 Pro golfers from professionals, amateurs, women among others, and it is an 18 hole golf course.
“I want to assure you that with this partnership, we are going to open more windows in Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the tournament was organised to honour the fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price to keep Nigeria together.
Akpor said that there were living veterans as well as those who bore the scars of war and operations and the handicapped.
He said that the sporting activities were about building consciousness of the military and supporting them to continue to be the pride of the nation.
“So, while we are here doing this golf kitty, we also have those who are injured who are also playing a game at the National Stadium as we speak.
“They are playing the Citizen sitting volleyball and Wheelchair basketball,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that the injured and soldiers living with disability known as Invictus team played citizens sitting volleyball match with the FCT team at the indoor arena of the National Stadium.
Ekiti FA Hails Bamidele on MOB CUP Championship
……. charges organizing Committee to maintain good
The Ekiti State Football Association has lauded Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele popularly known as MOB for the ongoing MOB Unity Cup across the Ekiti Central Senatorial District.
Chairman, Ekiti State Football Association, Bayo Olanlege commended the Title sponsor Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele for creating the platform to keep the youth busy and positively engaged during the yuletide in his constituency.
“Our distinguished Senator has done well for Ekiti youth in his constituency, dolling out cash to organize a competition of that magnitude is something worth commending”
Olanlege further congratulated the organizing committee headed by the Chairman, Ekiti State Coaches Association, Mr. Kehinde Anjorin, the young and vibrant Femi FACOM Popoola, the ever articulate Mayowa Afolabi and others doing a very good job in ensuring proper coordination of the tournament across all the centers.
He charged the committee to keep up the good job and improve on the foundation laid at the local football council level as the stage is set for the inter local football councils after the draws.
The MOB Unity Cup competition is underway across five local government covering the Ekiti Central Senatorial District which includes – Ado, Efon, Ekiti West, Ijero and Irepodun/Ifelodun LGAs.
According to the organizer the third place and final matches of the championship are billed for January 30th and February 4th,2023 respectively in Ado Ekiti, the State Capital
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