By Brian Mboh
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Burkina Faso muscled their way to a vital 1-0 win on Thursday, after Hassane Bande scored just before half-time to give the Stallions a one goal advantage over Cape Verde in their second outing at the ongoing 33rd edition of the TotalErnegies AFCON 2021 .
The Burkina Faso who lost their opening game to hosts Cameroon on Sunday were without their star player Bertrand Traore after his positive Covid test. Coach Malo Kamou led the team for the first time after returning from his own covid-case.
Cape verde’s best chance surface around the half-hour, when Julio Tavares forced Herve Koffi into action for the first time, but the Burkina keeper tipped the shot round the post when a firmer strike may have beaten him.
The Blue Sharks tried to be more positive with Garry Rodriguez, Julio Taveres and captain Stopira all having opportunities.
Burkina Faso showed mora attacking intent in yet another 1-0 result, the 10th in 14 games in the tournament.
The Stallions improved performance gives them every chance of claiming a spot in the last 16, and victory against pointless Walias on Monday will see them finish second in the group after the lions win.
Vincent Aboubakar and mates now lead the group with two wins and an 6 goals. To qualify for the next round already as one of the best third place runners at the very least.
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