MATCH CENTRE

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

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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot

by Staff Reporter

Sun September 10, 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.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
BURKINA FASO GOALS NIGER GOALS
Hassamy Sansan Dah (59') 20. Hainikoye Soumana Boubacar (34')
Idrissa Garba Halidou (71')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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BURKINA FASO STARTING LINEUP NIGER STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
50'
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
3
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
54'
12
Defender
5
20
Midfielder
88'
7
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
71'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
66'
10
Midfielder
90'
17
11
0
Forward/Striker
18
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hassamy Sansan Dah
Midfielder
50'
0
Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar
Midfielder
40'
23
Romanorve Carter Ahiro
Midfielder
66'
12
Yusif Moussa Daouda
Midfielder
85'
8
Jean Emmanuel Zongo
Midfielder
88'
0
Khaido Kantou Assadeh
Midfielder
90'
0
CARDS
Dela Sakou Souleymane
Midfielder
54'
12
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
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