Cape Verde 0-1 Burkina Faso: Stallions bounce back from Cameroon loss

Cape Verde 0-1 Burkina Faso: Hassane Bande bags first-half winner as the Stallions bounce back from opening AFCON defeat to hosts Cameroon

  • Burkina Faso muscled their way to an important victory on Thursday night
  • Hassane Bande chested the ball home for the only goal just before half-time
  • Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore missed the game after he tested positive for Covid

Hassane Bande chested home the ball six minutes before half-time to give Burkina Faso a 1-0 win over the Cape Verde at the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday.

Bande thrust his chest forward to steer in a cross from Isaa Kabore and secure a first Group A victory for his country, who lost their opening game to hosts Cameroon on Sunday.

Burkina Faso moved level with their opponents on three points in the standings, three behind Cameroon who thrashed Ethiopia 4-1 in the earlier Group A game at the Olembe Stadium.

Burkina Faso muscled their way to an important 1-0 victory over Cape Verde on Thursday

Cape Verde: Josimar Jose Vozinha, Steven Fortes, Lopes, Stopira, Jeffrey Fortes (Lisandro Semedo 82),Andrade (Mendes 73), Rocha Santos,Dylan Tavares (Willy Semedo 69),Rodrigues, Julio Tavares,Monteiro.

Subs Not Used: Diney,Marco Soares,Rosa,Ponck,Vagner,Nenass, Delmiro,Evora.

Booked: Dylan Tavares,Steven Fortes.

Burkina Faso: Koffi, Kabore, Dayo, Edmond Tapsoba, Yago, Guira, Toure, Sangare (Ismahila Ouedraogo 69), Bayala (Konate 78), Bande (Abdoul Nikiema 90), Abdoul Tapsoba (Sanogo 69).

Subs Not Used: Sawadogo, Djibril Ouattara, Oula Traore, Malo, Eric Traore, Hermann Nikiema, Farid Ouedraogo, Botue.

Booked: Toure.

Goals: Bande 39.

Bande was brought into the line-up to replace Bertrand Traore, who tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the match

The Aston Villa striker was one of four players forced into quarantine, although the Burkinabe did get their coach Kamou Malo back out of isolation after he had missed Sunday’s opener.

Burkina showed more attacking intent in yet another 1-0 result, the 10th in 14 games at the tournament.

Cape Verde rarely threatened, even after bringing on Ryan Mendes as a second-half substitute in the first appearance for their star player, who had been injured and was not expected to feature.

Julio Tavares had their best chance but was denied by a good save from Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi.

Cape Verde have also been hard hit by COVID-19 infections, with their coach Bubista yet to arrive at the tournament in Cameroon.

The Stallions claimed a narrow victory thanks to Hassane Bande’s 40th-minute strike

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