Burkina Faso scores its first points of the tournament by beating Cape Verde

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Hassane Bande brought the ball home six minutes before half-time to give Burkina Faso a 1-0 win over the Cape Verde Islands at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Thursday.

Bande pushed his chest forward to head off an Isaa Kabore cross and secure a first Group A win for his country, who lost their opener to Cameroon on Sunday.

Burkina Faso leveled their opponents with three points in the standings, three behind Cameroon who beat Ethiopia 4-1 in the previous Group A match at Olembe Stadium.

Bande was brought into the line-up to replace Bertrand Traore, who tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the game

The Aston Villa striker was one of four players forced into quarantine, although the Burkinabé released coach Kamou Malo from solitary confinement after missing Sunday’s opener.

Burkina showed more attacking intent in another 1-0 result, the 10th in 14 games at the tournament.

Cape Verde rarely threatened, even after signing Ryan Mendes as a second-half substitute in the first appearance of their star player, who had been injured and was not expected to feature.

Julio Tavares had his best chance but was denied by a fine save from Burkinabé goalkeeper Hervé Koffi.

Cape Verde have also been hit hard by Covid-19 infections, with their coach Bubista yet to arrive at the tournament in Cameroon.

(Reuters)

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