Congo Defeats Gabon; Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso Draw

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 5:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Hosts Equatorial Guinea held Burkina Faso to a goal-less draw Wednesday in the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 tournament, putting the 2013 runners-up in trouble going into their final game of the group qualifying round.

Thievy Bifouma of Congo is challenged by Gabon's Johann Obiang during their Group A soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Bata

Thievy Bifouma of Congo is challenged by Gabon’s Johann Obiang during their Group A soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Bata. (REUTERS)

Les Étalons saw a surprise first-round loss to Group A rivals Gabon earlier, which means they must eke out a strong win against Congo on Sunday in order to stay in contention to advance to the knockout round.

Alain Traore came closest to putting Burkina on the score sheet, hitting the posts twice in the first half, with a curled free-kick at 19th minute, and volley that was tipped by Equatorial Guinea keeper Didier Ovono at the 39th minute.

In the other Group A match Wednesday, Congo defeated Gabon 1-0, on a goal from Prince Oniangue, collected off a corner kick in the 48th minute.

The win, which put Congo atop the Group A standings, was Congo’s first in AFCON competition in 41 years, according to the BBC.

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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