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Burkina-Faso’s Alain Traore: We deserved to be in the final

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Alain Traore expressed his frustration to reporters after Egypt defeated Burkina-Faso 4-3 on penalties on Wednesday in the 2017 African Cup of Nations semi-final in Gabon.

Both teams were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes before going through to penalties which witnessed, veteran goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary superbly saved two penalties and lead the Pharaohs to the final after missing the last 3 editions of the competition.

Traore told Bein Sports, “We deserved to qualify. We deserved to be in the final. The rules of football were not respected,”

“We’ve always been told that the better team is the team that wins, but that wasn’t the case in front of Egypt. They have not shown any anything good or at least better than us and have resorted to penalty shoot-outs.” The former FC Lorient midfielder concluded.

The record seven-time African champions will play the final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final between Cameroon and .

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.



  1. Sadiki, cAsA

    February 2, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    That’s football. Sometimes you better better and lose or you play bad and win like the Egyptians won againt Morroco by luck

    • M. Almiski

      February 2, 2017 at 11:56 PM

      Egypt was very lucky to win the QF against the european born and raised ensemble that threw on Morocco jerseys. As I’ve said before when 90% of your team is born and raised outside of your country and only plays for you when they can’t crack the Spain/France/Portugal/Netherlands national teams then you can’t really talk much.

      You’ll always have Mustafa Hadji though, that guy is a football wizard and legend.

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