AFCON 2023: Traore fires Burkina Faso to last minute triumph
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AFCON 2023: Traore fires Burkina Faso to last minute triumph

By Mangek Promise


In an exhilarating display of skill, determination, and tactical prowess, Burkina Faso registered a thrilling last-minute victory in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 match.


The match, characterized by intense competition and evenly matched performances, culminated in Burkina Faso breaking the deadlock with a decisive goal. This victory not only earned Burkina Faso three points but also significantly transformed their position in the tournament standings.


Burkina Faso’s Winning Spirit


The taste of victory was made all the sweeter for Burkina Faso’s head coach, Hubert Velud, who made his AFCON debut with the Stallions after a 14-year wait. Velud’s belief in the team’s winning mentality and his hopes of breaking the jinx of close victories that slipped away in previous tournaments were finally realized.


The coach’s love for the African continent and his faith in his team’s abilities were evident in their performance against former champion teams like Algeria, Angola, and Mauritania in Group D.  


The Decisive Match


The gripping encounter saw Burkina Faso and Mauritania locked in a tense standoff. As the minutes trickled down, the prospect of Mauritania securing a point seemed high. However, Bertrand Traore rose to the occasion and scored a 96th-minute penalty, securing a narrow 1-0 victory for Burkina Faso.


Despite Mauritania’s valiant efforts and some commendable saves by their goalkeeper Babacar Niasse, they fell short of finding the back of the net.


A Boost for Burkina Faso


This victory not only grants Burkina Faso a strong start to their AFCON 2023 campaign but also boosts their morale and confidence as they proceed in the tournament. Burkina Faso’s solid track record against Mauritania, which includes no defeats in their last four encounters, and their strong scoring record bodes well for their future performance in the tournament.


This triumphant win, achieved despite notable injuries weakening their attack, is a testament to Burkina Faso’s perseverance and tactical execution.