Substitute Kouame Botue scored a 90th minute header to provide Burkina Faso a tough fought 1-Zero victory over Namibia on Sunday to progress to the quarter finals of the Complete Africa U-20 Cup of Nations as Group B winners.
The trilling encounter appeared set for a draw on the Stade Cheikha Boidiya in Nouakchott with either side going toe to toe as they battle for a knockout place.
Botue determined the brushing contests with a relaxed header into, when Tiendreogo related with a floated cross behind the Namibian defence in the direction of his path to ship his facet to the final eight and eradicate the Namibians, who have been showing for the primary time within the event.
The Stallions dominated possession however struggled to seek out the opening within the early levels of the extremely contested match within the Mauritanian capital.
It was the Namibians who have been pushing for an opener within the opening exchanges, their counter attacking play introduced them some half modifications within the Burkinabe space.
Captain Steven Damaseb was a continuing menace within the Burkina half, working by means of the defence to select the advancing Prins Tijueza with a neat by means of ball, the winger’s effort hit the facet netting after 5 minutes.
Prins gained a free kick simply outdoors the Burkina field, his curling drive disregarded the facet netting earlier than the break. The 2 groups battled by means of the half time whistle with nothing separating them below the beaming floodlights.
Burkina got here from the break with a bit extra function and zeal as they pushed extra males ahead with their swift breaks on the counter.
Marauding full again noticed his fierce set piece missed the goal on the hour mark earlier than sending an inviting supply into field which was unexpectedly cleared by the Namibia defence.
Kabore was denied by the Namibia keeper twenty minutes from time, the sturdy ahead twist and turned within the field along with his again in the direction of aim earlier than managing a half volley which was blocked by the keeper.
The closing levels noticed the 2 sides going for the winner and Namibia got here shut within the final quarter with a half volley Prins Tijueza which missed the goal.
The Burkinabe broke Namibia’s hearts when Kouame guided his header into an empty on the stroke of full time.
Kabore’e floated cross in the direction of the realm was not handled by the Namibian defence; Tiendrebeogo was the primary to react and performed in Kouame to complete and ship his to the summit.
Burkina Faso completed the group with seven factors; three greater than second place Central African Republic who beat third place Tunisia 2-1 in on the Stade Olympic, whiles Namibia completed on the backside of the pool with one level.
Put up-match reactions
Oscar Barro, Burkina Faso coach
We took our time being cautious as a result of we knew Namibia was going to wear down. They’re a really technical workforce so we couldn’t throw ourselves right into a match the place our line of assault, particularly our off-center attackers, weren’t in full possession of their means. We needed to negotiate and we discovered the answer on the finish of the sport to win the sport.
James Britz, Namibia coach
We got here to this event with quite a lot of motivation and gave all the things we would have liked to win video games. We failed to take action. Like tonight, we got here throughout stronger than us. We’re eradicated however we’ve realized quite a bit with a younger workforce which has simply taken half in its second competitors after the COSAFA Cup. We’ll come again stronger subsequent time.