Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi celebrates with an acrobatic display as he performs a series of backflips after his side win a tense penalty shootout against a 10-men Gabon to book their place in AFCON quarter finals
- Burkina Faso overcame Gabon in hugely dramatic circumstances on Sunday
- Kamou Malo’s side won 7-6 on penalties in AFCON’s first last-16 tie in Limbe
- Ismahila Ouedraogo netted the decisive kick leading 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 gallant rearguard action from 10-man Gabon to secure a 7-6 penalty shootout victory.
Ismahila Ouedraogo netted the decisive kick and stripped off his shirt in celebration but he was overshadowed by Koffi’s acrobatic display.
Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi (top) went viral for his celebration after securing a place in the AFCON quarter finals
Koffi, who plays for Charleroi in Belgium, was crouched down near the by-line as Ouedraogo stepped up to the spot.
As the winning spotkick hit the back of the net, the goalkeeper leapt from the ground and performed a series of four backflips down the pitch before rounding it off with a double somersault.
Burkina Faso were the first nation to book their place in the quarter finals and will face Tunisia, who beat Nigeria later on Sunday.
Koffi could be seen performing a series of backflips after Ismahila Ouedraogo’s winning penalty
Captain Bertrand Traore scored early before 10-man Gabon took the match into extra time following a dramatic last-minute equaliser from an own goal by Adama Guira.
But in the end the Burkinabe held their nerve in a dramatic shootout to advance.
Both sides made it to the ninth pair of penalty takers, after each missing two of their first eight.
The Burkinabe shotstopper saved Gabon midfielder Guelor Kanga’s (right) spotkick
Koffi saved from Guelor Kanga, while opposition goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome also pulled off a save from Abdoul Tapsoba.
At one point it looked as though both ‘keepers would need to step up and take penalties themselves.
But they were saved a job after Lloyd Palun hit the bar and Ouedraogo put his away, leaving Koffi’s delight plain for all to see.