AFCON: Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi celebrates with backflips after penalties against Gabon
Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi celebrates with an acrobatic performance as he performs a series of backflips after his side win a thrilling penalty shootout against a 10-man Gabon to secure their place in the quarter-finals of AFCON
- Burkina Faso overcame Gabon on Sunday under extremely dramatic circumstances
- Kamou Malo’s team won 7-6 on penalties in the first last-16 of AFCON in Limbe
- Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the decisive kick that led to team celebrations
- But goalkeeper Herve Koffi stood out with an impressive acrobatic display
Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi went viral for his celebration after his side secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
His side held off a valiant rearguard action from 10-man Gabon to secure a 7-6 penalty shootout win.
Ismahila Ouedraogo made the decisive kick and took off his shirt in celebration, but he was overshadowed by Koffi’s acrobatic display.
Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi (above) went viral for his celebration after securing a place in the AFCON quarter-finals
Koffi, who plays for Charleroi in Belgium, was squatting by the sidelines when Ouedraogo stepped up to the spot.
When the winning spot kick hit the back of the net, the goalkeeper jumped off the ground and performed a series of four backflips across the field before finishing it off with a double somersault.
Burkina Faso was the first country to reach the quarter-finals and will face Tunisia, who defeated Nigeria later on Sunday.
Koffi was seen with a series of backflips after Ismahila Ouedraogo .’s winning penalty
Captain Bertrand Traore scored early before 10-man Gabon took the game in extra time after a dramatic last-minute equalizing goal from an Adama Guira own goal.
But in the end the Burkinabe held their nerves in a dramatic shooting to advance.
Both sides reached the ninth pair of penalty takers, having each missed two of their first eight.
The Burkinabe shotstopper saved Gabon midfielder Guelor Kanga’s (right) spot kick
Koffi saved from Guelor Kanga, while opposition goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome also saved from Abdoul Tapsoba.
At one point, it looked like both goalkeepers would have to stand up and take penalties themselves.
But they were saved from a job after Lloyd Palun hit the bar and Ouedraogo stole his, leaving Koffi’s joy for all to see.