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Stalemate as group A kicks off AFCON in Gabon

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By Joseph Sosi | January 15th 2017
Five minutes into the second half African Cup of Nations hosts Gabon took the lead against Guinea Bissau.

Brilliant 27-year-old 2015 Africa player of the year Emerick Aubemayang sent Denis Bouanga's cross into the net getting the tourney's first goal.

Centre back Saore's header was the equalizer for Guinea-Bissau who had under utilized most of their chances.

At stoppage time of the group A match ending in a one-all draw, hosts Gabon had been stripped off the group A three points lead by the guests causing an unexpected upset.

Gabonese will have a chance to prove their denied victory on Wednesday as they face Burkina Faso who after the opener played Cameroon.

Cameroon had its captain Benjamin Moukandjo breaking the deadlock ten minutes to half time.

This was amid rising temperatures on the bruisy encounter having the set piece goal separating the two sides at half-time.

Burkina Faso had piled up pressure way from the onset forcing the youngster dominated side physically get into the game.

Minutes to the break, goalkeeper Kofi's excellent likely suicide tackle on Bassogog denied the Indomitable Lions side what should have been the second goal in a counter-attack.

Substitute Diawara won a free kick earning Burkina Faso the equalizing goal in the 75th minute through their defender Yusuf Dayo leaving group A contenders at a stalemate draw outcome.

Cameroon contending for the eighteenth time will face Guinea Bissau while eleventh time championship Burkina Faso take on the hosts Gabon with the two teams still holding onto an opportunity to sail through to the quarter-final.
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