Bangabandhu Gold Cup

Burundi reach semis

Sports Correspondent

19 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Burundi reached in the semi-finals emerging as the Group B Champions of the ongoing six-team Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football Tournament’2020.

Coming from behind, the East African team crushed another African nation Seychelles by 3-1 in their second and last group match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.

Captain Cup forward Tambwe Amissi netted twice and forward Nshimirimana Jospin scored one for Burundi while forward Perry Moniaie netted the lone goal for Seychelles.

Burundi will now play against the Group A runners-up team between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the second semifinal match on Thursday at the same time at the same venue.

Palestine also reached in the semifinal emerging as Group A champions. Palestine will play against Group B runners-up between Seychelles and Mauritius on Wednesday.

Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka on Sunday to confirm their semifinal berth while Seychelles will face Mauritius on Monday, both at 5:00pm.

In the day’s match, Seychelles tried to dominate their mighty opponents with attacking football from very beginning of the first half. Seychelles could open their account in the 4th minute, but their captain cum defender Warren Mellie wasted the opportunity.

But forward Perry made no mistake to send the ball home with a right-footer drive from inside the box utilizing a pass from captain Mellie in the 26th minute (0-1).

After conceding the goal, Burundi came alive and started to put pressure. But all of their attempts went in vain.

Burundi bagged their first success in the in the second half. Forward Jospin, who scored a brilliant hat-trick against Mauritius in the first match, netted the equalizer from goal mouth melee utilizing a header from defender Ndikumana Asman in the 55th minute (1-1). 

Just after five minutes, Burundi Captain Tambwe Amissi scored twice in a span of two minutes. Amissi netted his first goal with a tap-in shot from the danger box, off a cross from defender Ragiryimana Evrard in the 60th minute (2-1) and scored his second with an eye-catching volley in the 62nd minute (3-1).

Earlier, a brilliant hat-trick by forward Nshimirimana Jospin helped Burundi to pile up a massive 4-1 goals against Mauritius in their first Group B match.

Jospin netted the tournament’s first hat-trick scoring three goals while defender Ndikumana Asman netted the other goal for Burundi. Midfielder Adrien Francois scored the lone goal for Mauritius.