AFCON 2017: Hosts Gabon Dumped Out

Kirinya Jinja SS in a previous game against Soana soccer academy.

African cup of Nations 2017
Gabon 0-0 Cameroon

Gabon became only the fourth hosts not to go past the group stage of the African cup of Nations since inception in 1957 after a goalless draw against Cameroon.

The panthers endured a fruitless game against Cameroon on Sunday at stade La’Mitie to finish third in group D behind Cameroon and Burkina Faso.

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Despite a brilliant start to the game, dosage the hosts failed to find the cutting edge with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang missing a glorious chance inside the opening five minutes.

Aubameyang missed within two yards on the far end after connecting to Denis Bounga’s effort but missed the target firing wide.

Antonio Camacho’s side made several attempts to get ahead but Cameroon remained resilient and composed with goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa keeping Gabon at bay.

Gabon struggled to break down Cameroon but could have snatched victory at the death when Bouanga’s cross ricocheted off the post and Sunderland’s Didier Ndong could not beat Fabrice Ondoa from the rebound.

At Stade Franceville, information pills Burkina Faso picked a routine 2-0 victory against debutants Guinea Bissau to finish top of group D on five points same as Cameroon but with a better goal difference.

Gabon join Ethiopia (1976), Ivory Coast(1984) and Tunisia(1994) as the only teams that hosted the tournament and failed to go past the group stage.


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