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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Ivory Coast goalkeeper loses father moments after costly mistake

By Allan Damba
Ivory Coast goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare | Courtesy photo

Less than a day after his howler cost his country against Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare has lost his father.

The 35-year-old was culpable for the Leone Stars’ late equalizer at the Japoma Stadium on Sunday, which was scored by Alhaji Kamara.

Less than 24-hours later, things have turned to the worst after the custodian revealed the demise of his father, N’far Sangare.

“I fell last night, I got up this morning, and it is you who fell, and you will never be able to get up again. I pray that Allah accepts you by his side, goodbye N’fa Sangare,” he revealed on his social media platforms.

Sebastien Haller put the Elephants in front in the first half, but Sierra Leone restored parity early in the second half through Musa Noah Kamara.

Nicolas Pepe’s 65th-minute goal seemed to have secured all three points for Ivory Coast before a costly error from Sangare gifted the minnows the equaliser at the death.

The goalkeeper attempted to catch a back header to prevent the ball from going out for a corner but slipped and made a complete mess of the situation.

The ball subsequently fell to the feet of Steven Caulker, who cut back for Kamara to apply a simple tap-in for the equaliser.

Sangare also appeared to have suffered a knee injury and could not continue with the game, which forced Serge Aurier into goal for the remainder of the match.

A statement from CAF on its Twitter page extended the football body’s condolences to the Ivory Coast number one.

“Our hearts go out to #TeamCotedIvoire goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangaré who lost his father earlier today. Stay strong,” the post read.

Ivory Coast, who top Group D with four points, will look to secure qualification to the knockout phase when they take on one of this edition’s strugglers, Algeria on January 20 at the Japoma Stadium, Douala.

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