Burkina Faso have gotten a valuable win over Niger to take them out of last place in CAF (Confederation of African Football) Group E in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers. Burkina started the match on top, and went up after only three minutes when Jonathen Pitroipa’s close range effort beat Niger goalkeeper Daouda Kassali. Burkina kept dominating the match, and doubled their lead in the thirty-sixth minute when Aristide Bance well hit shot form the edge of the box flew past Kassali and into the back of then net. Niger needed to get themselves back into the match, but the side couldn’t score before the break, and the first half ended 2-0.
Niger tried to get themselves back into the match in the second half, but Burkina put the game to bed in the seventy-eighth minute. Charles Kabore received the ball, and hit a curling shot past Kassali that flew into the back of the net. With the win sealed, Burkina started to slow down the pace of the game. Burkina weren’t done yet though, and Prejuce Nakoulma struck past Kassali in the eighty-eighth minute to make the score 4-0. Burkina could not make any further damage, and after three minutes of injury-time the first match ended 4-0.
Man of the Match: Jonathen Pitroipa
Burkina Faso are set to take on Niger in a Round Two World Cup qualifying match at the Stade du 4-Aout in Burkina Faso. Niger currently sit in second place of qualifying Group E, while Burkina are in last place in the Group. Burkina is currently the better side, and were runners-up in the 2013 African Cup of Nations while Niger didn’t even make it out of the group stage. Burkina also has the better players, with Lyon’s Bakary Kone being their best. Niger’s best player is former CSKA Moscow player Moussa Maazou, who will give the Burkina defense a tough time. Burkina’s last match was the African Cup of Nations final against Nigeria, and the side have not lost a match (besides the final) since June 9, 2012. Niger’s last match was a 3-0 loss to Ghana in the African Nations Cup, and they have not won a match since early 2012. Whether Niger keep on their bad form or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!
This goal by Sunday Mbah against Burkina Faso that won Nigeria the African Cup of Nations was truly amazing.
The African Cup of Nations is over and Nigeria have been crowned champions after beating Burkina Faso. Nigeria started the game fantastically in the FNB Stadium, and got their first chance in the seventh minute when Burkina goalkeeper Daouda Diakite came off his line to catch the ball above his own defenders head, but missed, with Nigeria’s Brown Ideye’s resulting shot looping over the ball. Nigeria kept up the pressure, and Burkina were having trouble getting out of their own half. Nigeria’s persistence eventually paid off, and in the fortieth minute they opened the scoring when Sunday Mbah got the ball just outside the box, flicked it over the Burkina defense, and volleyed it past Diakite into the bottom right corner of Burkina’s net. The second half started more open, and Nigeria almost doubled their lead in the forty-seventh minute when Victor Moses put Brown Ideye in on goal, but his shot flashed across goal from a hard angle. Burkina started to put pressure on Nigeria, but could not get anything out of it, even though they tested Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama a few times. During the last couple minutes Burkina got desperate, and their last chance was a free kick from thirty yards out, which was struck over the bar by Moumouni Dagano. When the whistle blew Nigeria and their supporters were in a state of euphoria, and Vincent Enyeama even tried to pick up the referee Djamel Haimoudi. The tournament was a great one, with Nigeria winning Burkina Faso getting second and Mali getting third.
Man of the Match: Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel
Reason: For anchoring Nigeria’s defense
The African Cup of Nations concludes with this match, the final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso. The tournament has been full of surprises, which carried on to the final, as Burkina Faso’s odds for winning the tournament at the start was 120/1. Nigeria also are a surprise, but the odds are in their favor to win the tournament, and they are looking to win the tournament for the third time. They amazingly have taken third place in four out of the last six tournaments, in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2010. The feat was recently threatened though, as Mali just got their second third place finish in a row. Burkina Faso do have a chance though, as proven by last years final, which was won by Zambia against a highly favored Ivory Coast in a memorable game. This years finalists both came from Group C, and when they played each other they drew 1-1, with Burkina Faso grabbing an injury-time equalizer. Whoever wins though, the game will be a great finish to a great tournament, so look out for my full time review of the game, right here on Football Every Day!