Burkina Faso finish third at the African Nations Cup

Ghana were playing in the bronze-medal match for the third time in the last four editions but have lost each one.

Burkina Faso’s players and Burkina Faso’s Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte celebrate with their bronze medals at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations third place football match between Burkina Faso and Ghana in Port-Gentil on 4 February, 2017. Picture: AFP.

PORT GENTIL – Gabon, Alain Traore hammered home a 89th-minute free-kick to ensure third place for Burkina Faso at the African Nations Cup as they beat Ghana 1-0 on Saturday to gain some consolation for a bitter semifinal defeat.

Burkina, denied a place in Sunday's final after losing on penalties to Egypt on Wednesday, claimed the victory as the Turkish-based striker struck a fierce shot from well outside the area.

Ghana were playing in the bronze-medal match for the third time in the last four editions but have lost each one.

They could have gone ahead inside the first 30 seconds but Jordan Ayew missed a good chance, as did Edward Agyemang Badu soon afterwards. Teenager Bernard Tekpetey had the best first-half chance after a goalmouth scramble but his effort struck the crossbar.

The young Schalke prodigy also came close with a header midway through the second half but Ghana again paid a price for their inability to finish.