By Prime Ndikumagenge
BBC Sport in Bujumbura
Group 11: Burundi 0-1 Ivory Coast
The Ivorian Elephants beat Burundi by a single goal in Bujumbura, but the Swallows did not go down without a fight.
Bakari had a dream start
Dagui Bakari of French club Lens grabbed the crucial goal - on his debut - netting from a free-kick on 57 minutes.
Bakari had previously turned down invitations to play for the Elephants, saying he wanted to concentrate on his club career.
Burundi played with spirit, though, and frequently looked the equal of their more illustrious opponents, despite the fact that all-but-one of the Ivorians are playing with European teams.
But towards the end the pressure became too much, and Burundi coach Ribakare Baudouin was dismissed from the bench five minutes before the final whistle after verbally assaulting the Rwandan referee.
Ivory Coast are now only behind South Africa in Group 11 on goal difference, while Burundi remain bottom with zero points.