Burkina Faso let lead slip in Sierra Leone clash

Burkina Faso let lead slip in Sierra Leone clash
Amadou Bakayoko of Sierra Leone celebrates ©Nour Aknajja/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 10, 2024. 23:13

Burkina Faso let a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako, Mali on Monday.

The result left Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone placed third, and fourth respectively in the Group A standings. The Stallions will play host to Djibouti when the 2026 World Cup qualifiers resume in March 2025 while the Leone Stars take on Guinea-Bissau at home.

The Leone Stars were under siege from the first whistle and they conceded in the 42nd minute when Dango Ouattara beat goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara to make it 1-0 to Burkina Faso after being set up by Stephane Aziz Ki.

The Stallions did not take their foot off the pedal after opening the scoring and they doubled their lead through Lassina Traore in first-half stoppage time after the hosts were awarded a penalty. Burkina Faso deservedly led 2-0 at the interval.

However, the visitors managed to pull one back against the run of play in the 58th minute when the in-form Augustus Kargbo hit the back of the net in the 58th minute to make it 2-1. It was his second goal in as many matches for Sierra Leone.

Coach Amidu Karim then introduced Amadou Bakayoko with four minutes left and the 28-year-old proved to be an inspired substitute as he found the back of the net in the 88th minute to ensure that the encounter ended in a 2-2 draw.

Burkina Faso (2) 2 (Ouattara 41′, L. Traore 45’+2)

Sierra Leone (0) 2 (Kargbo 58′, Bakayoko 88′)

Burkina Faso: Nikiema, Tapsoba, Nagalo, Yago, Ouedraogo, Banse, Ki (Sampore 69′), Badolo (Toure 89′), Bande (H. Traore 80′), Ouattara (Bouda 88′), L. Traore (Konate 69′).

Sierra Leone: M. N Kamara, Kakay, Samadia (Michael 86′), Kabia, Davies, Dumbuya (Conteh 69′), Abu Koroma, Alh Koroma, Kanu (Bakayoko 86′), Kaikai (Bundu 69′), Kargbo (J. Koroma 78′).

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