Good Start for Gabon in Africa Cup Of Nations

FBL-AFR-2015-MATCH02-BUR-GABGABON’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put aside the trauma of his last Africa Cup of Nations finals appearance with the first goal in a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso in their Group A opener.

The French-born striker, who missed the decisive penalty in a quarter-final shootout against Mali three years ago when Gabon co-hosted the tournament, opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

It was a classic poacher’s goal as he found his way blocked but steadied himself at the second attempt before blasting home at the Estadio de Bata.

A close-range header from Malick Evouna in the 72nd minute wrapped up the victory that puts Gabon top of the section after the first day of the tournament following a 1-1 draw between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo in the opening match.

Thievy Bifouma scored late on for Congo to deny Equatorial Guinea victory after Middles-brough’s Emilio Nsue poked the hosts in front on 16 minutes, despite appearing to be offside.

Francis N’Ganga hit a post as Congo pressed on late in the game before former West Brom forward Bifouma struck. — Sky News

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