Gabon Tops Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and Congo Draw

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 10:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Gabon’s Kabore challenges Burkina Faso’s Kone during their opening group-stage match at the African Cup of Nations. (REUTERS)

Gabon overpowered Burkina Faso 2-0 to jump to the top of Group A standings, as the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament got underway on Saturday.

Host Equatorial Guinea and Congo battled to a 1-1 draw, meanwhile, in the other opening match of the tournament.

Led by goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a striker for Germany’s Borussia Dortmund,  and a header from 72nd minute Malick Evouna, Gabon claimed bragging rights, at least for the moment, as the leader of Group A, and the tournament. Burkina Faso had come into the match with high expectations with a run into the finals in 2013 before defeat by Nigeria.

Nigeria, much to many observers’ surprise, didn’t even qualify for this year’s tournament.

Congo disappointed a home turf crowd, when Thievy Bifouma netted a  late goal to tie Equatorial Guinea. Emilio Nsue Lopez scored early, in the 16th minute, to the delight of the host nations.

 

 

Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

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