Ethiopia’s Menyahel Teshome (front) is challenged by Burkina Faso’s Mohamed Koffi during their African Nations Cup (AFCON 2013) Group C soccer match in Nelspruit, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (SOUTH AFRICA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
AFCON 2013 Result: Burkina Faso 4 – 0 Ethiopia
Rank outsiders, Burkina Faso have jumped to the top of the Group C of the Africa Nations Cup after posting a ruthless 4-0 victory over Ethiopia in Nelspruit.
Burkina Faso keeper, Abdoulaye, Soulemana was sent off in the 60th minute for handling the ball outside his 18 yard box, but that did not stop the determined Stallions
The Burkinabes now have four points from two matches, having snatched a late draw in their game against Nigeria in the first match.
Alain Traore was the hero as he scored a goal in each half to send the Burkinabes to the brink of qualification. Djakaridja Kone added a third with five minutes left, Jonathan Pitroipa, who had laid on two assists, added a fourth in added time, to hand Burkina Faso the win by the widest margin so far in this tournament
It could all still go wrong though, as they will have to avoid defeat in their last game against defending Champions Zambia, to be sure of qualifying.
In fact, the troika of Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Zambia, all still have a chance of qualifying for the quarter finals, depending on the outcome of their last group games.
Zambia, who have played out two draws, will still qualify if they win their last game against Burkina Faso.
Both teams will, however, still qualify if the Super eagles of Nigeria fail to wil against Ethiopia in their last game.
A victory for Nigeria against Ethiopia will mean that the Super Eagles will still qualify, no matter how the game between Burkina Faso and Zambia ends.
The only team that may still not qualify, even if they win, is Ethiopia, as the loss against Burkina Faso will mean that they will have to wait for a very favourable outcome from the other game, to be absolutely sure of their qualification.