African Nations Championship Chan match report Zimbabwe beat Burkina Faso
Posted: 20 January 2014 Time: 21:15
Zimbabwe reached the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship following a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in Cape Town on Monday night.
Masimba Mambare scored the goal with a 56th minute header at Athlone Stadium.
Zimbabwe progressed alongside Group B winners Morocco, who beat Uganda 3-1 in the Mother City on the same evening.
Zimbabwe will take on Mali in the next round, while Morocco will face continental champions Nigeria.
Played in gusty conditions, it was Zimbabwe who created the better chances throughout the game, much to the pleasure of several thousand Zimbabwe fans inside the ground.
As early as the fifth minute Mohamed Kabore had to make a save from a Zimbabwe free kick. This, after Zimbabwe dangerman Kuda Mahachi had drawn a foul from an opponent.
Eight minutes later Peter Moyo let rip with a long-range drive but the ball was always flying over the crossbar.
In the 24th minute Burkina Faso fashioned their first effort on goal when Ouédraogo connected first time at the near post, but his volley went wide of the upright.
With five minutes to go until the interval, George Chigova was called into making a save from Yousseff Kabore’s free kick.
Zimbabwe took the lead four minutes before the hour-mark through a clinical header by Mambare. After a delightful cross from the left flank, Mambare timed his jump expertly to head home as the Burkina Faso goalkeeper could not get his hand to the cross first.
A few minutes later Moyo should have made it 2-0 when he volleyed over the bar from a good position.
Zimbabwe can thank goalkeeper Chigova for making a few telling saves midway through the second half to keep Burkina Faso at bay.
In the dying moments Kuda Mahachi nearly made it 2-0 for Zimbabwe but his powerful volley was expertly saved by Kabore.