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AFCON 2023: Burkina Faso Victory Excites Blati Touré

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Ibrahim Blati Toure of Burkina Faso awarded TotalEnergies Player of the Match during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Burkina Faso and Mauritania held at Peace Stadium in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire on 16 January 2024 ©Djaffar Ladjal/BackpagePix

Emex Henshaw

Blati Touré of Burkina Faso emerged as the winner of the man of the match award as he helped Burkina Faso secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mauritania in their Group D opener at The Total Energies African Cup Of Nations held in Cote d’Ivoire.

The Stallions of Burkina Faso left it late, with a penalty in the dying minutes of the game, converted by substitute Bertrand Traoré, giving the West African side all three points.

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Touré spoke to the media after the game, expressing his excitement at his team’s victory. He said.

“I am very happy for the entire team, not because I won the man of the match award. I simply put myself at the disposal of the team. I am very happy with the victory; it was not easy. We believed in it until the end.”

The midfielder, who had an impressive game, also praised the Mauritanian team for being a solid opponent. “We’ve played against Mauritania several times now; they’re a very good team. They were well organized, and our determination ended up defining the result,” the Pyramid of Egypt player said.

Burkina Faso will play against Algeria in their second group game of the tournament on January 20th.

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