By Bakah Derick
The Burkina Faso National football team has beaten Gabon 7-6 to clinch the first quarter finals ticket of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 in Cameroon.
Traoré first opened scores for the Burkinabes at the 28th minute during the nerve cracking fixture at the Limbe Omnisport stadium. Gabon's fight back will get complicated at the 67th minute when Obissa is sent off the pitch with a red card. The Panthers got an equaliser through Guira at closing time to return back to the contest.
After both sides failed to score during the 30mins prolongation, The Stallions stood out during the 12yard shoot-outs and finished winner 7-6.
Kamou Malo's men are hoping to rewrite the country's continental football history. They finished fourth in 1998, when they hosted the tournament. Their best ever finish in the tournament was the 2013 edition, reaching the final. They team earned a third place at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
The President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) Samuel Eto'o Fils has congratulated the Stalions on their qualification.
"What a day! Congratulations Tunisia and Burkina Faso for being the first teams to make it through to the quarter finals. Looking forward to tomorrow’s action" Eto'o Fils said