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Child miners pay the price in Burkina Faso's gold rush

Perched on the edge of a mine shaft, Joel Sawadogo, 13, readies the fragile plastic lamp strapped to his forehead with an elastic band as he prepares to lower himself into the darkness. He is one of hundreds of children and young people working at the Nobsin mines, about an hour's drive from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, who every day risk their lives in the search for gold in the impoverished west African nation.

WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Nigeria and Burkina Faso set up battle for African crown

By Mike Collett DURBAN, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Rampant Nigeria and impressive Burkina Faso will meet in the final of the African Nations Cup at Soccer City on Sunday after two highly dramatic if contrasting semi-final victories on Wednesday. Nigeria pulverised Mali 4-1 in Durban with the most accomplished showing of any team in the tournamnent so far, hammering in three goals before halftime.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Burkina Faso reach final with shootout win over Ghana

(Adds byline, details) By Mark Gleeson NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso reached the African Nations Cup final for the first time with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shoutout win over Ghana on Wednesday after their semi-final ended 1-1 following extra time. They clinched the victory after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Ghana's third penalty after a weak shimmy and shot.

Soccer-Burkina Faso reach final with shootout win over Ghana

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso reached the African Nations Cup final for the first time with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shoutout win over Ghana on Wednesday after their semi-final ended 1-1 following extra time. They clinched the victory after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Ghana's third penalty after a weak shimmy and shot. The Burkinabe will be without the influential Jonathan Pitroipa in Sunday's final against Nigeria after he was sent off three minutes from the end of extra time for a second yellow card.

Soccer-Burkina Faso beat Ghana 3-2 on penalties - result

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso beat Ghana 3-2 on penalties - African Nations Cup semi-final result (Ghana 1 Burkina Faso 1 after extra time). At Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Scorers: Ghana: Solomon Wakaso 13pen Burkina Faso: Aristides Bance 60 Red card: Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) 117 Halftime: 1-0; Fulltime: 1-1 Penalties: Isaac Vorsah Ghana missed 0-0

Football: Pitroipa goal gives Burkina Faso a date with Ghana

Burkina Faso qualified for the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Sunday by pipping Togo 1-0 after extra time. The Stallions face four-time champions Ghana here on Wednesday while two-time title-holders Nigeria tackle Mali in the other semi-final in Durban. Burkina Faso broke the deadlock through the lively Jonathan Pitroipa on 105 minutes when he nodded a corner beyond surprised goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and into the net.

Football: Pitroipa goal gives Burkina Faso a date with Ghana

Burkina Faso qualified for the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Sunday by pipping Togo 1-0 after extra time. The Stallions face four-time champions Ghana here on Wednesday while two-time title-holders Nigeria tackle Mali in the other semi-final in Durban. Burkina Faso broke the deadlock through the lively Jonathan Pitroipa on 105 minutes when he nodded a corner beyond surprised goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and into the net.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Soccer-Burkina Faso eliminate champions Zambia

(Fixes headline) By Mark Gleeson NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso struck a double blow at the African Nations Cup on Tuesday by securing a surprise top place in Group C and eliminating holders Zambia from the competition after a goalless draw in Nelspruit. A solid, defensive performance held at bay all that an increasingly desperate Zambia could throw at them and, combined with Nigeria's win over Ethiopia in Rustenburg, means Zambia will play no further part in the tournament.

Soccer-Burkina Faso earn a point with last kick of the game

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso equalised with the last kick of the game to force a 1-1 draw with Nigeria and leave all four teams in Group C equal on one point from their opening games at the African Nations Cup after hosts Zambia drew 1-1 with Ethiopia earlier. Nigeria appeared to have done enough to secure a laboured win thanks to an opportunist 23rd-minute goal from Emmanuel Emineke who reacted faster than the defenders to a clever flick from Brown Ideye.
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