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Free-scoring Burundi into semis

  • Published at 10:57 pm January 18th, 2020
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Action from the Bangabandhu Gold Cup match between Burundi and Seychelles in Dhaka Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mauritius and Seychelles are both yet to open their account and will face each other Monday to decide the other semi-finalist from Group B

Burundi became the second team, after Palestine, to qualify for the semi-finals of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup following their 3-1 win over Seychelles at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

Burundi had beaten Mauritius 4-1 in their opening Group B match at the same venue last Thursday and sealed their semi-final berth as the group champion with a maximum six points from two games.

Mauritius and Seychelles are both yet to open their account and will face each other Monday to decide the other semi-finalist from Group B.

Palestine confirmed their semi berth as Group A champion and the clash between host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Sundaywill determine who will go through as the group runners-up.

Photo: Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have zero points, and the winner of Sunday's tie will go on to lock horns with Burundi on Thursday. Meanwhile, Palestine will face off against the winner of Mauritius and Seychelles.

Perry Moniyai gave Seychelles, who have a population of just 100,000, the lead in the 26th minute and the two teams went into the break with Burundi trailing 0-1.

Burundi restored parity in the 55th minute through Shimirimana Jospin, who scored a hat-trick in the previous match against Mauritius.

Jospin, leading scorer of the tournament so far with four goals, headed home after the Seychelles goalkeeper briefly stopped a shot from Endikumana Asman.

Photo: Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Burundi then took the lead five minutes later through captain Tambaye Amisi’s placed shot. 

Amisi grabbed his second, and Burundi’s third, in the 62nd minute when he shot over the Seychelles custodian and into the back of the net.

Burundi coach Bifubusa said they always had the belief to come back to the game after conceding and he is now eyeing a win in the semis.

In contrast, Seychelles coach Ralfjin Luis rued missed opportunities in front of goal and cited a lack of concentration for the loss.

RESULT

Burundi 3 (Jospin 55, Amisi 60, 62) 1 Seychelles (Perry 26)

SUNDAY'S MATCH

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka