After two 1-1 draws in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso finally notched a victory by beating minnows Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on Sunday. An own goal and a second half strike from Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traoré was enough for the Stallions to win the group with just five points as hosts Gabon held Cameroon to a 0-0 draw in the other game.
Here’s Traoré’s cool finish in the 57th minute. He missed a similar chance, albeit from a tighter angle in the 8th minute as well.
Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore sends Burkina Faso top of Group A: pic.twitter.com/2WK83RolJG— Dean Ammi (@whufcammi) January 22, 2017
Traoré’s has had a bit of a mixed tournament, but he finally exerted some of the influence expected of him against the Djurtus. Burkina Faso now await the runner-up of Group B, most likely to be Tunisia, in the first knockout round.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Ghana beat Mali 1-0 to ensure their sport in the knockout round as well. Christian Atsu played the full 90. The Black Stars have dedicated the rest of their tournament to the ACL-stricken Baba Rahman.