Amissi brace propels Burundi to last four

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:06, Jan 18,2020 | Updated: 23:10, Jan 18,2020


Captain Tambwe Amissi scored a brace as Burundi came from a goal down to beat Seychelles 3-1 to emerge Group B champions and qualify for the semi-finals of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup as in Dhaka on Saturday.

Nshimirimana Jospin, who slammed a hat-trick on his international debut in Burundi’s 4-1 thrashing of Mauritius, scored the other goal for the winners while forward Perry Moniaie scored the lone goal for Seychelles.

Seychelles (200th), who are ranked much below Burundi (151st) in the current FIFA rankings, got an unexpected lead when Perry hit the back of the net in the 26th minute with a right-footed drive from inside the six-yard box.

Seychelles went into the break with a single goal lead but Burundi came back in the match by scoring three quick goals within a span of 10 minutes in the second half. 

Jospin scored the equaliser in the 54th minute by heading the ball home from a goalmouth melee after a cross by defender Ndikumana Asman from left side of the box. 

Amissi made it 2-1 by tapping the ball home from six-yard box off a cross by defender Ngabonziza Blanchard in the 60th minute.

The Burundi captain put the final nail on Seychelles’ coffin two minutes later by volleying the ball over the head of opponent goalkeeper Alvin Michel to convert a pass from midfield. 

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