Published: Mon, January 16, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Late equalizer denies Aubameyang's Gabon, Cameroon draw with Burkina Faso

Late equalizer denies Aubameyang's Gabon, Cameroon draw with Burkina Faso

The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Gabon on Saturday afternoon as the hosts, spearheaded by the brilliant Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, face minnows Guinea-Bissau in the tournament's opening game in Libreville.

Aubameyang scored in the 52ndt minute for his country in a very competitive match.

Guinea Bissau were shock qualifiers and had been given little chance at the finals but they proved gutsy contenders despite looking exhausted in the closing stages as they kept pushing forward against their much vaunted opponents.

Saturday's other Group A contest also ended in a 1-1 result between Burkina Faso and Cameroon. We're going to pick up two more wins.

After all, Baciro Cande's team have not played a competitive match in four months.

It was a stuttering start from Gabon as they bid to win the trophy for the first time.

The build-up to this Cup of Nations has been played out to a backdrop of social and political tension in the central African country following President Ali Bongo's contested election win previous year.

Bongo was there, though, alongside Bissau-Guinean President Jose Mario Vaz and Issa Hayatou, the Cameroonian veteran head of the Confederation of African Football. Despite the absence of several key players at Gabon 2017, captain Benjamin Moukandjo put the Indomitable Lions in front with a superb free kick from the edge of the Burkina Faso penalty box on 35 minutes.

With 21 goals to his name in 52 appearances for Les Pantheres, the man with 16 goals to his name in 15 Bundesliga matches this season should prove too hot to handle for a modest group that includes Cameroon, Gabon and Guinea-Bissau.

Burkina Faso, the beaten finalists in 2013, equalized on 75 minutes, Issoufou Dayo bundling the ball in after Banou Diawara's free-kick was saved.

The arrival of the tough Costa Nhamoinesu, whose game has been improved significantly by constantly playing in the Uefa inter-club competitions for his Czech side Sparta Prague, gave us the strength that our defence had always been crying out for while Dutch-based midfielder Marvellous Nakamba added a lot of value to our engine room.

Then on Monday, the 16th, the first match of the day will be played between Ivory Coast and Togo, the second match will be between Morocco and DR Congo.

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