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Bertrand Traore - Call off the search

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Aristide Bance fires ASEC Mimosas to Ivorian title

Bance Aristide and the Burkina Faso defence will need to turn in strong performances against their Group A opponents.
Bance Aristide and the Burkina Faso defence will need to turn in strong performances against their Group A opponents.

Burkina Faso great Aristide Bance scored the only goal of the game as Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas beat second-placed Williamsville Athletic Club 1-0 in Bouake on Saturday to win their first title since 2010.

The striker struck from the spot in the 78th minute, when WAC defender Mala Doueugui was adjudged to have intercepted Willy Braciano's pass with his hand.

The referee didn't hesitate before awarding the penalty, and Bance slotted past El Hadj Dante to give ASEC the advantage in an edgy contest.

There...

Ghana slip four places in latest FIFA Rankings

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Ghana have slipped a massive four places in the latest FIFA rankings, while there were positive gains for the likes of Nigeria and FIFA Confederations Cup-bound Cameroon.

The Black Stars are down to 49th spot, ninth in CAF, while West African neighbours Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria all moved in the opposite direction. Senegal are up three places to 27th (second in Africa), followed by Cameroon (32nd) and the Super Eagles (38th). 

Another West African nation, Burkina Faso, slipped six places...

Bertrand Traore: Call off the search

Bertrand Traore has spent the season on loan at Ajax from Chelsea.
Bertrand Traore has spent the season on loan at Ajax from Chelsea.

Bertrand Traore has been associated with Chelsea Football Club since he was 14, but only now as Ajax --the club where he's on loan -- prepare to contest the Europa League final against Manchester United, has he finally found himself in the spotlight.

The forward was originally linked to the Premier League champions back in August 2010, with his signing only confirmed by the club in October 2013.

Like various other youngsters before him, he was underused by current United boss Jose Mourinho, and...

 By Colin Udoh

Watford's Isaac Success gets Nigeria recall for two friendlies

Watford striker Isaac Success was called up last year by Nigeria.

Watford striker Isaac Success has been handed another opportunity to make his first appearance for Nigeria, as the Super Eagles prepare to play two friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso in England this month.

Success, 21, was first called up last year by Nigeria for the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia, but withdrew from the squad with injury, along with Victor Moses.

The forward was subsequently left out of previous games, with some reports suggesting he was being...

Alain Traore's late free kick gives Burkina Faso third place over Ghana

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A superb late free kick from Alain Traore secured Burkina Faso a 1-0 victory over Ghana in the African Nations Cup third-place playoff at Stade de Port-Gentil.

The match seemed destined to be settled on a penalty shootout when, with just a minute of normal time remaining, Stallions forward Traore whipped a free kick from the right up into the top-left corner.

Black Stars manager Avram Grant, who is expected to step down from his role following the tournament in Gabon, had made several changes from...