ASEC Mimosas was able to defeat Williamsville Athletic Club on Saturday to clinch their first title in Ivory Coast’s top domestic league since 2010. ASEC Mimosas only needed one goal, off the foot of Burkina Faso national Aristide Bance, who got the shot off of a free kick in the 78th minute. The kick was awarded after the referee ruled Williamsville defender Mala Doueugui made hand contact with an aerial pass by Mimosas’ Willy Braciano, and Bance successfully got his free kick past El Hadj Dante for the game defining score. Williamsville wasn’t helped after they were down a man in the second half once Yao Kouame was sent off for striking Mimosas’ Dosso Fabius.
Going into the game, ASEC Mimosas was one point ahead of Williamsville Athletic Club for first place in the league standings. But with the win, ASEC Mimosas now has a four point lead with only one game remaining, so that victory clinched their 25th domestic title in their club’s history. This is especially a historic achievement for Bance, who scored two goals for Burkina Faso’s squad at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, where they finished in third place. Bance also appeared at the opening weekend of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, scoring two goals in Burkina Faso’s 3-1 victory over Angola earlier this month. Bance is a recent addition to Mimosas, just signed this season after spending some time with Riga FC in Latvia last year. Bance, who was actually born in Abidjan before moving to Burkina Faso as a child, debuted as a professional with State d’Abidjan in 2000, before embarking on a journeyman career with stops at the Belgian club KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, the German club FSV Mainz 05 and the South African club Chippa United, among many others.