Traore gives Burkina Faso AFCON spot
A stoppage time goal by Alain Traore denied the Central African Republic of a spot in next year’s African Cup of Nation’s tournament when they lost 3-1 to Burkina Faso to see the home side become the second last team to qualify.
Just ninety minutes stood between the Central African Republic from making history in the African Cup of Nations as they looked to secure a spot in next year’s tournament for the first time in their history.
Their 1-0 win over the Wild Beasts, in the first leg in September, gave them a helping hand in making their dream a realisation and it was further aided by David Manga who scored a vital away goal just seven minutes into the second leg.
Manga’s effort was cancelled out just eleven minutes later when Alain Traore brought the scores at one-a-piece, that excellent response confirming that the hosts won’t be backing down so easily.
Their plight to come back into the game was further emphasized when Paul Put’s side made it 2-1 through a Moumouni Dagano penalty in the 40th minute, but were still needed another due to Manga’s away goal.
It almost seemed as if the away goal would prove to be decisive but a late stoppage time last gasp goal by Traore saw him send the hosts into jubilation by handing them a victory which would edge out CAR on a 3-2 aggregate.