By Johnny Edward:
Burkina Faso defeated Ghana 1-0 to win bronze at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations third place match at the Stade Port-Gentil in Gabon on Saturday night.
A thunderous free-kick from Alain Traore in the 87th minute of the encounter condemned Ghana to a fourth defeat a third-place match.
The Black Stars in the past had lost to Zambia in 1996, and Mali twice in 2012 and 2013 in third-place matches while their only victory was against Ivory Coast in 2008.
Ghana were the better side on the night but failed to make any of the scoring chances count as they squandered the opportunities created.
Ghana had the first chance in the fifth minute when skipper Agyeman Badu missed a header from close range after a great cross from the left flank.
The Blacks Stars also saw Bernhard Tekpetey header crash the upright in the 26th minute.
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In the 32nd minute Jordan Ayew forced another save from Herve Koffi in goal for Burkina Faso.
In the second half, Burkina Faso stayed cautious until the dying minutes of the game when Traore beat Richard Ofori from 30 yards with a fabulous free kick. It was Burkina Faso’s first ever win in a third place match. They had lost to DR Congo in the third place match in 1998.