AFCON 2017: Hosts Gabon Seek Redemption Against Burkina Faso

Skipper Pierre Aubameyang (C) is confident they can make amends against Burkina Faso

African cup of Nations 2017
Group A (Match day 2)
Gabon vs Burkina Faso 7pm

After all the 16 teams at 2017 African cup of Nations playing a game each, buy more about the tournament enters match day 2 with two games in group A.

Indomitable Lions of Cameroon take on debutants Guinea Bissau while hosts Gabon will play tricky Burkina Faso.

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Gabon will have themselves to blame after failing to pick maximum points against minnows Guinea Bissau in the opening game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 52nd minute strike seemed to have set the hosts on course for victory against unfancied Guineau-Bissau on Saturday but the AFCON debutants struck back in injury time as defender Juary Soares secured them a point.

And now the Panthers are faced with an uphill challenge of making it out of the group with fixtures against Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

First on the menu is Burkina Faso as the two sides lock horns on Wednesday at stade de L’Amitie in Libreville.

The Panther’s skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang believes they squandered the chance to earn victory in the first game but he is confident they can turn around fortunes in today’s game.

“We have learnt from our mistakes,” captain and striker Aubameyang said.

“I remain positive that we can reach our first goal, which is qualifying for the knockout phase.”

“We have lofty ambitions in this tournament and playing at home in front of our wonderful supporters is a great advantage,” he said in an interview with Fourfourtwo.

“Mistakes were made against Guinea-Bissau, like conceding a goal in the final minute. We must now rectify those errors and defeat Burkina Faso,” Aubameyang stressed.

Burkina Faso is a boggy side that always thrive on team work and will seek to get a positive result against Gabon to brighten their chances of advancing to the next stage.

Bakary Kone,n Charles Kabore, Jonathan Petroipa and Alain Traore among others form the backbone of the team that will be key in today’s encounter.


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