The Africa Cup of Nations, Africa’s most prestigious football event, continues to deliver the most exquisite and artistic forms of the beautiful game.
From the drums and colours to the dances and chants, the tournament showcases football as not just a sport but a cultural celebration.
Yesterday evening was no different. A surprise victory in Namibia’s 1-0 victory over Tunisia, another last-minute goal in the form of Traore’s penalty handing Burkina Faso three points, and a commanding display from Mali that dispatched South Africa 2-0.
Explore the dramatic highlights of AFCON 2023 as Burkina Faso, Namibia, and Mali made headlines in last night’s thrilling action;
Deon Hotto’s Header Clips Tunisia as Namibia Claims Historic Win
Namibia pulled off a stunning upset, defeating Tunisia 1-0 with Deon Hotto’s header in the 88th minute.
Muzeu, the architect behind Brave Warrior’s historic victory, came in from the bench to snatch the game away from The Carthage Eagles, a team known for its impenetrable defence.
The unexpected victory marked Namibia’s first-ever win in the tournament, leaving Tunisia with a challenging path to the last 16.
Mali’s Commanding Performance Sees Off South Africa
Mali kicked off their AFCON campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over South Africa, despite Bafana Bafana dominating the first half.
Captain Hamari Traore and Lassine Sinayoko scored in the second half, securing a strong start for Mali in Group E.
Traore tapped in his goal after Sekou Koita’s well-struck freekick hit the crossbar and bounced outwards, with the Malian quick of his mark and way ahead of South Africa’s defenders.
Sinayoko then took advantage of yet another defensive lapse from South Africa after building from the back resulting in gifting Mali the ball in their half midway through counter-attacking.
South Africa almost took the lead from a penalty only for Percy Tau to send the ball over the bar, much to the distress of Bafana Bafana fans.
Bertrand Traore’s Last-Minute Heroics Seal Burkina Faso Win
Burkina Faso secured a 1-0 victory against Mauritania, with Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore delivering the decisive blow in added time.
Coach Amir Abdou cut a frustrated figure following the late penalty brought a triumphant start for Burkina Faso in Group D and lost him three valuable points from their opener.
Tonight’s fixtures (In East African Time)
Morocco vs Tanzania 8:00 pm
DR Congo vs Zambia 11:00 pm
Both games will be played at Laurent Pokou Stadium, San Pedro, Cote d’ivoire.
Catch all the action live on KBC, Azam or SuperSport.