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Africa Cup of Nations Football Results – Gabon Won a Dull 1-0 Win

Africa Cup of Nations Football Results – Gabon Won a Dull 1-0 Win

In Africa Cup of Nations football results, Gabon won a dull 1-0 win in their opening Group C clash yesterday. Aaron Boupendza’s strike from a narrow angle sealed a victory for Gabon over AFCON debutants Comoros Islands on Monday. Gabon thus scored from one of their only a few shots on target at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Gabon were missing talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (the football news) and influential midfielder Mario Lemina due to COVID-19 infections. Still, debut nation Comoros never troubled them.

Boupendza rifled the ball into the net’s roof at 16 minutes after Louis Ameka set him free in the box. And this solitary goal in last night’s match gave Gabon their first win at the continental finals. That is, since they defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in the 2015 group stages.

Gabon moved to the joint-top of the Group C pool with Morocco, who beat Ghana 1-0 earlier on Monday. Gabon will take on Ghana in their second game on Friday, which is when Morocco and Comoros will also clash.

Africa Cup of Nations Football Results – Gabon Won a Dull 1-0 Win

As for the match yesterday, it continued the trend of narrow victories for Gabon at the finals in Cameroon.

Comoros felt they should have had a penalty when Gabon midfielder Andre Biyogo Poko challenged Faiz Mattoir in the box. However, the latter did not help himself with an overly theatrical fall to the ground.

So, the Video Assistant Referee looked at the incident but decided there was not enough contact to warrant a spot-kick.

Gabon winger Denis Bouanga’s mazy run ended with a fierce strike on goal that Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahamada deflected away.

Meanwhile, the islanders had to resort to long-range shots that sailed high and wide.

Curiously, Comoros is one of football’s youngest nations, having joined FIFA in 2005. But within two decades of that they are competing at the continental championship in an unlikely and promising fairytale.

This is because of their extensive campaign to scout footballers who play in the French lower leagues from their diaspora. Such a recruitment drive helped them to qualify for their first ever major tournament.

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