African Nations Championships
Result: Burundi v Mauritania
Date: 18 January 2014
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Burundi captain Selemani Yamin Ndikumana scored a late goal to snatch a 3-2 win over Mauritania in their Group D clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
Mauritania made the perfect start to their second Group D match when they took a first minute lead at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Ely Cheikh Voulany broke down the right hand-side before a banging in a powerful effort to give Mauritania a 1-0 lead with just 56 seconds on the clock.
Burundi then responded 10 minutes later after being on the back foot for the opening period of the game, when Abdoul Razak Fiston got his head to a cross from skipper Selemani Yamin Ndikumana on the right.
Burundi then could have taken the lead against the run of play when they were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute, but their captain Ndikumana struck his spot-kick directly in to the Mauritanian keeper Mac Arthurs arms to keep the scores tied at 1-1.
The game went into the half-time interval with Mauritania looking brighter of the two sides but not being able to break down the Burundi defence.
Mourabitounes started the second period where they left off and dominated possession in the second-half without really threatening their opposition back-line.
Patrice Neveu’s men were made to pay for not taking advantage of their dominance in possession and went behind on the hour mark when Burundi’s 19 year old midfielder Christophe Nduwarugira produced a powerful effort to make it 2-1.
Mauritania gave the perfect response when they made it 2-2 with 69 minutes played, when Mohamed Wade rose highest in the box to header home.
Ndikumana then snatched a stoppage time winner for Burundi when his shot beat Souleymane in the final few minutes of the game.
Burundi XI: Arthur Arakaza, Gael Duhayindavyi, Fiston Abdoul, Célestin Habonimana, Hassan Hakizimana, Issa Hakizimana, Frederic Nsabiyumva, Rashid Harerimana, Christophe Nduwarugira, Selemani Ndikumana, Yussuf Ndikumana
Mauritania XI: Diallo; Wade, Sy, Fall, Coulibaly; Sidi, Samb, Denna; M Niass, Bessam; Voulany