Burkina Faso 1-1 Morocco

Bassirou Ouedraogo scored with just two minutes to full time to cancel out Morocco’s Brahim El Bahri’s early strike in the opening 50 seconds of the game in the second group B CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) match that ended 1-1 at the Athlone Stadium on Thursday night.

The draw meant Uganda remained top of the group with 4 points having played to a goal less draw with Zimbabwe. North African side, Morocco, who wind up the group with a fixture against Uganda on 20th January 2013 are second in the group on two points while Burkina Faso prop up the bottom with a single point.

Brahim El Bahri put Morocco into the lead following Abdelkbir El Ouadi”s wonderful cross at the back post with just after 50 seconds of the game played.

Ranked 58th in the world by FIFA, Burkina Faso tried to hit back immediately, but Youssouf Kabore fired just wide from the edge of the box with the goal at his mercy in the fourth minute.

 El Bahri missed doubling his tally after working his way into the box, beating a couple of defenders with some fine skill before curling his shot narrowly wide of the target.

Burkina Faso had the last say of the half as Valentin Zoungrana found himself through on goal in the dying seconds of the stanza, but he shot straight at the keeper.

The start of the second 45 saw Morocco controlling the possession stakes and they created the first chance of the half in the 56th minute as El Ouadi fluffed a shot from just inside the box wide of the goal.

Burkina Faso’s first chance of the second half came in the 70th minute as Youssouf Kabore fired a long range effort inches over the crossbar.

When all seemed lost for Burkina Faso, Bassirou Ouedraogo found the back of the net for his country two minutes from time to steal a share of the points as the game ended 1-1.

The final group games will be played on 20th January 2014 and all the 4 teams stand a chance to qualify. Uganda faces Morroco while Burkina Faso will meet Zimbabwe.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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