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Aristide Bance Nets First Goal For Williamsville

Former Burkina Faso international Aristide Bance scored the only goal of the day as his team Williamsville collected maximum points against Ofca Adiake in the Ivorian Ligue Two.

The match, played at Parais des Sport de Treichville Stadium, was Bance’s first goal since joining the side in December 2020 as a player-coach.

In a post-match interview on Thursday, an excited Bance told reporters that he was happy for the team’s win and his first goal for the club.

“I am just happy for the win and I look forward to a better season here and I pray for the best,”  he said.

Bance was forced to come out of retirement from football a fortnight ago in order to fight and secure a top-flight spot for Williamsville Athletic Club.

His club career took him to Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.

Bance will hope to play regularly enough to force his way a return to the Burkina Faso national team, in a bid to play in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

He has made 79 appearances for Burkina Faso, including the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Nations Cups, and has scored 24 goals.

Bance’s last game for Burkina Faso was in a 2-0 home win against South Sudan in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 17 November 2019.


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