• The Stallions picked up their first ever win in the CHAN to boost their chances of reaching a famous quarter-final after recording a brilliant 3-1 win against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
By Beng Emmanuel
Burkina Faso beat Zimbabwe 3-1 to claim their first win in the 2020 African Nations Football Championship and keep hopes of reaching their first ever quarter-finals after two unsuccessful stints in 2014 and 2018.
They won their first ever victory which came after eight games at the CHAN. The competition entered day two on Wednesday.
The Stallions produced a polish performance, scoring in both halves of the encounter although they could have added more if they were more clinical especially in the second half.
Zimbabwe’s Partson Jaure cancelled out Issouf Sosso opener but Claver kiendrebeogo and Issiaka Ouedraogo’s second half goals helped the team cruise to victory.
Burkina Faso started off well and gained possession of the ball but it was Zimbabwe who came closest to net the opener but Tafadzwa Jaravani well-curled efforts from a loose ball within the box went itches away from the post.
The Stallions reacted with a more flamboyant style of play and got their breakthrough when Issouf Langnene Sosso fired past Zimbabwe’s goalie for the opener.
Partson Jaure ruined Burkina Faso’s dream start with a superb right foot finish to level for the warriors. But their new found believe didn’t match up the strength and resilience of the Stallions who gave them a restless first half.
Their defence was completely torn apart as Burkina Faso exploited substantial pocket of space. But they failed to cease several of such openings to regain their lead.
Sansah Dah thought he put his team ahead minutes to the break but his downward header went straight into Chinani Simbabrashe who nicely pushed it away.
Burkina Faso amplified the intensity of the game upon resumption but continued to waste obvious chances to make the difference. Mohamed Ouattara failed to direct his free header beyond the warrior’s keeper in one of those occasions.
Clavert Jean Kiendrebeogo changed the narrative of the game as he helped Burkina Faso regain the lead from a tap-in after Chinani made a wrong save. Super-sub Issiaka Quedraogo came off the bench to add a third after a scramble ten (10) minutes when he was introduced.
Burkina Faso face Cameroon in their last group game on Sunday and must win to realise their dream of a quarter-final spot. The last time both teams faced each other was during the 2018 CHAN where they both crashed out in the group stage. They played out a 1-1 draw in their final group D fixture.
The Stallions are making their third appearance at the CHAN and hope to impress in their quest for continental glory. Their victory implies Zimbabwe becomes the first nation to crash out after two defeats in two games.
Burkina Faso 3-1 Zimbabwe
14’ Issouf Sosso, 53’Claver Kiendrebeogo, 67’Issiaka Ouedraogo /23’ Partson Jaure
Burkina Faso 3pts
Burkina Faso CHAN Records
• Uganda 2-1 Burkina Faso
• Burkina Faso 1-1 Morocco
• Burkina Faso 0-1 Zimbabwe
• Angola 0-0 Burkina Faso
• Congo 2-0 Burkina Faso
• Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon