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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
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Group D
3rd place
Burkina Faso - South Africa
After having overcome Apartheid, South Africa made a rapid soar to be one of the top teams of Africa
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Burkina Faso have been successful hosts to the Nations Cup 1998 and have managed a surprise build up of a capable national team for the before tiny football power in West Africa.
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-Burkina Faso in green, South Africa in white
-The Burkinabé excite the crowd afirst time after five minutes, a dangerous looking mismatch in the Southa African defence is caused, but in the end it's just a corner
-('9) Burkina Faso dfend caasually but Bartlett only hits the outside of the net from difficult angle
-('12) snapshot: Burkinabé delight the crowd with some fast combinations and moves, twisting the crowded South African defence and the South Africans answer with a sophisticated fast and direct counter attack 
-Burkina Faso are the attacking team while South Africa sit back and wait for their counter opportunities
-('17) South Africa:  injured Shaun Bartlett has to be replaced by Bradley August. One minute later Benni McCarthy gets the yellow card for attempting to make a goal by his hand
-('21) the Burkinabé defence looks nervous under pressure
-('29) long range Benni McCarthy freekick is saved by the Burkinabé keeper
-South Africa has more of the game after half an hour. 
-('35)  Burkinabé suddenly play through but an inaccurate side pass wastes the golden two against one opportunity.
-('42) South Afrcan keeper fails to catch a cross, but the Bafana Bafana escape the menacing situation
-(''43) South Africa: dangerous low shot by August from the edge of the penalty area, wide by a half meter

halftime 0:0
Burkina Faso impress the crowd with some exiting unexpected moves, while South Africa convince with their more logical play. The South African defence looks more solid, although it is not always easy against the tricky Burkinabé. Both look capable of scoring while quite well organised.

-('49) Benni McCarthy header wide, unchallenged at a free kick cross
-('53) another McCarthy header wide. Moments before he had conquered the ball from a overconfident defender with only 25 meters to the goal, on the left hand side
-('55) McCarthy is unmarked at Buckley's cross, takes the ball directly but his 10 meter attempt goes wide again. A big opportunity.
-('58) Another opportunity for South Africa but one attacker is in the way of the sharp shot by the other
-South Africa have taken over full command at this stage. Although the Burkinabé have not changed their tactics, South African attacks are more sharp
-('62) Suddenly Burkina Faso with an exciting counter attack, in the last moment blocked by the South African defenders
-('68) Burkina Faso big opportunity after a one against one situation on the right hand side had created some space and a good cross by youngster Sanou but #19 Moumouni header goes far off target
-Sanou and Mady have impressed at the Under 17 World Cup and are already included in this squad
-('72) Siyabonga Nomvete has come on for South Africa and immediadetly creates a huge scene in front of the Burkinabé goal, during which twice the ball is cleared of the line and once bounces against the crossbar
-('74) Burkina Faso: deflected Sanou free kick, perfectly saved by Vonk
-('82) South African defence can stop a fine Burkina Faso combination only 6 meters to the goal.
-after South Africa had dominated the bieginning of the half, it is not Burkina Faso who seem to have more fuel left
-('injury time) A  good looking header by Moumouni goes across the bar after a corner

final score 0:0
South Africa solid, mature, fast in counter attack but not precise in shooting today. Burkina Faso certainly with another step forward, exciting here and there, well organised but with some fragile moments in defence.
match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Ndoye Falla (SEN)
Ass. Referees: Ali Tomusange (UGA), Salah El Berry (EGY)
Attendance: 12,000 
South Africa: 1-Hans Vonk, 2-Mbulelo Mabizela, 3-Bradley Carnell, 13-Pierre Issa, 19-Aaron Mokoena, 21-Eric Tinkler, 7-Quinton Fortune (8-Thabo Mngomeni 59), 15-Sibusiso Zuma, 18-Delron Buckley, 17-Benni McCarthy (14-Siyabonga Nomvete 69), 9-Shaun Bartlett (11-Bradley August 19) 
Burkina Faso: 22-Mohamed Kabore, 3-Brahima Cisse, 4-Mamadou Tall, 12-Soumalia Tassembedo, 20-Boureima Ouattara, 5-Madou Dossama, 6-Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri, 18-Amadou Toure (13-Romeo Kambou 51), 17-Narcisse Yameogo (11-Wilfried Sanou 53), 9-Oumar Barro (7-Alassane Ouedraogo 67), 19-Moumouni Dagano 
S. Africa: 17- McCarthy (18), 2- Mbulelo (93)
B. Faso: 20- Boureima (20), 5- Madou (82)


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