Eswatini frustrate blunt Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso were held to a 0-0 draw by Eswatini in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification Group B match at Stade de Marrakech in Morocco on Friday night.

As a result, the Stallions ended a successful qualifying campaign with a draw, but the West African side will slip down to the second spot in Group B standings if Cape Verde defeat Togo on Sunday

Eswatini, on the other hand, wrapped up a disappointing campaign with a draw having failed to win a single match - collecting just three points from six matches which came from three draws.

The Stallions controlled the match from the start with Dramane Salou seeing a lot of the ball midfield, but the King's Shield were able to contain the hosts and the score was 0-0 during the halftime break.

Coach Hubert Velud decided to refresh his attack after the restart as the French tactician introduced attackers Ousseni Bouda and Cyrille Bayala with the Stallions looking to break the deadlock.

However, Eswatini stood firm at the back with goalkeeper Khayakwezwe Shabalala making key saves to keep Burkina Faso at bay, and ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 draw on the night.

Burkina Faso 0

Eswatini 0

Burkina Faso: Koffi, Dayo, Guiébré, Kaboré, Nagalo, Guira, Salou, Sangaré (Ki 71'), Bangré (Bouda 71'), Badolo (Bayala 55'), Konaté

Eswatini: Shabalala, Msibi, Thwala, Matse, Mkhonto, Mabelesa, Matsebula, Silenge, Ginindza, Figuareido (Manyisa 63'), Ne. Dlamini