SAT 10 JUNE 2017, 20:00, OUAGADOUGOU


Burkina Faso brush aside Angola

by Graeme Jackson

Sat June 10, 22:10

Aristide Bance's brace and a goal from Bertrand Traore helped Burkina Faso beat Angola 3-1 in their first 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Group I qualifier on Saturday at Stade du 4-Août in Oudadougou.

The victory elevates Paulo Duarte's side to the top of the group with three points from their first match and they will meet Mauritania for their second game in March 2018 at Nouakchott.

Although the Stallions were hoping to bag a victory in front of their home crowd, the encounter had a cagey start.

However, after 20 minutes, Bance broke the deadlock to hand the hosts a deserved lead as he scored in the 21st minute.

The Palancas Negras proved they were not in Ougadougou on vacation as they made it 1-1 through Gelson in the 23rd minute.

With three minutes to the interval, Bance completed his brace to ensure they head to the tunnel leading 2-1.

Burkina Faso came back from the tunnel with the same intention, that is to consolidate their lead and secure the full three points.

Their efforts were rewarded in the 79th minute when forward, Traore made it 3-1, ensuring they get their qualification campaign off to a bright start.

On the other hand, coach Beto Bianchi will now have to motivate his men and fight for redemption when they meet the Zebras of Botswana at home in March 2018.

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