SUN 10 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

1 Burkina Faso
VS
2 Niger

Burkina Faso, Niger set for WAFU showdown

Burkina Faso, Niger set for WAFU showdown
Burkina Faso Team Picture during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 11:00

Burkina Faso and Niger will cross swords in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, kick-off at 15h00 local Ghanaian time.

Known by the nickname ‘The Stallions’, Burkina Faso will be making their third appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations.

They debuted in 2010 in Nigeria, where they finished second in their group behind Ghana before losing to the hosts in the semifinals, while in 2013 they finished third in their group behind the Black Stars and Benin to suffer an early exit.

Known by the nickname ‘Menas’, Niger will be making their third successive appearance at the WAFU Cup.

They debuted in 2011 in Nigeria, replacing the Ivory Coast and finishing at the bottom of their group after defeats to both the hosts and Liberia, while the last edition in 2013 saw them come home third in a group which featured Senegal, Togo and Liberia.

Both nations’ locally-based sides were in action last month in the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship: Burkina Faso provided an upset by defeating Ghana 4-3 on aggregate, while Niger were narrowly defeated on the away goals rule after holding Ivory Coast to a 2-2 draw over two legs.

Burkina Faso and Niger have met in 15 official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Stallions have claimed six wins compared to three for Menas, and outscored their opponents 23 goals to 16.

The winners of this match will occupy position 3 in Group 2 and face either Liberia or Senegal in their opening second round match.

Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot

Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot
Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrate goal with team mate during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Burkina Faso v Niger in Cape Coast, Ghana on 10 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 18:56

A second half goal from Idrissa Halidou handed Niger a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 10.

The match started a little slowly with both sides squandering possession in the final third of the field.

The first real chance on goal came in the 17th minute when Niger’s Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana cut in from the left flank, beating one defender before firing just over the target from 20-yards out.

Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana was at it again eight minutes later when a powerful shot from the edge of the box deflected inches wide of the goal.

Burkina Faso came within inches of taking the lead on the half hour mark when Romeo Boni met a low left-wing cross from David Emmanuel Gora, but his eight-yard shot struck the crossbar.

The tournament saw its first goal from open play four minutes later when Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana showed great strength to fight off a defender and latch onto a through ball before duly lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper, 1-0.

Despite taking the lead, Niger suffered a bit of a set-back in the 40th minute when Hutmanu Ganiyu left the field injured and was replaced by Abdoul Moumouni Boubacar.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Niger.

Burkina Faso came out firing at the start of the second half and made their pressure tell on the hour mark when substitute Hassamy Sansan Dah turned home a low right-wing cross from Adama Barro at close range, 1-1.

Niger, though, quickly hit back and took the lead for the second time in the 71st minute when Idrissa Halidou slipped in behind the Burkina Faso defence and slotted the ball between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tried to find their way back into the game for a second time and threw numbers forward in attack, but they failed to break down the resolute Niger defence and exited the WAFU tournament.

Burkina Faso (0) 1 (Dah 59’)
Niger (1) 2 (Soumana 34’, Halidou 71’)

Teams

Burkina Faso coach: Brama Traore

Burkina Faso: 16. Ouedrago, 18. Bambara, 6. Couilbaly, 5. Beao, 3. Gora, 11. Barro, 4. To, 17. A. Traore (Zongo 88’), 10. Sylla, 7. Nana (9. Ahiro 66’), 14. Boni (13. Dah 50’).

Niger coach: Francois Zhaoui

Niger: 1. Dauda, 3. Lebne, 10. Halidou, 11. Victorien (8. Daouda 85’), 12. Dela, 13. Soumana, 14. Ganiyu (23. A. Boubacar 40’), 15. Abdoulaye, 17. Souley (19. Khaido 90’), 18. Dankwae, 20. Hainikoye.

Starting Lineup

Burkina Faso : Romeo Boni, Biassoum Cheick Abdoul Rachid Coulibaly, Fousseni Beao, Mariko Farid Ouedraogo, Narcisse Bambara, Aboubacar Sidiki Traoré, Ousmane Nana, Sydney Mohamed Sylla, Adama Barro, Demankel Elisee, Emmanuel David Gora

Niger : Daouda Kassaly, Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu, Boureima Katkore Abdoulaye, Idrissa Garba Halidou, Mahamadou Salamoun Souley, David Daogo Lebne, Moussa Amadou Soumana, Dela Sakou Souleymane, Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien, Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar, Kofi Dankwae

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
34' Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar (Niger) scores!
40' Niger: Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar replaces Hutmanu Tidjani Elhadji Ganiyu
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
50' Burkina Faso: Hassamy Sansan Dah replaces Romeo Boni
54' Dela Sakou Souleymane (Niger) is cautioned.
59' Hassamy Sansan Dah (Burkina Faso) scores!
66' Burkina Faso: Romanorve Carter Ahiro replaces Ousmane Nana
71' Idrissa Garba Halidou (Niger) scores!
85' Niger: Yusif Moussa Daouda replaces Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien
88' Burkina Faso: Jean Emmanuel Zongo replaces Aboubacar Sidiki Traoré
90' Niger: Khaido Kantou Assadeh replaces Mahamadou Salamoun Souley
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
BURKINA FASO GOALS NIGER GOALS
Hassamy Sansan Dah (59') Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar (34')
Idrissa Garba Halidou (71')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
BURKINA FASO STARTING LINEUP NIGER STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
50'
16
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
54'
0
Defender
5
0
Midfielder
88'
7
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
71'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
66'
10
Midfielder
90'
0
11
0
Forward/Striker
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hassamy Sansan Dah
Midfielder
50'
0
Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar
Midfielder
40'
0
Romanorve Carter Ahiro
Midfielder
66'
12
Yusif Moussa Daouda
Midfielder
85'
0
Jean Emmanuel Zongo
Midfielder
88'
0
Khaido Kantou Assadeh
Midfielder
90'
0
CARDS
Dela Sakou Souleymane
Midfielder
54'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury