Equatorial Guinea, Congo share spoilsfrom JEAN OSCAR-PIERRE in Bata, Equatorial Guinea
BATA, (CAJ News) – IT’S not over until it is over!
The old football saying was confirmed on Saturday when Congo Brazaville came back from a goal down to force a draw with four minutes before regulation time.
A skilful strike by marauding Congolese forward Thievy Bifouma in the 86th minute was all the French Coach Le Roy needed to save the central African nation from the jaws of defeat in this 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) official opening match strongly contested at Estadio de Bata.
However, it was Equatorial Guinea who scored first in the 17 minutes when Emilio Nsue scored from close range following some poor defensive marking by Congo.
The match, which started on a fast pace saw both sides exchange short passes in the middle of the park, but poor finishing upfront was the biggest let down for both national teams.
However, it was the Argentine Esteban Becker coached Equatorial Guinea that settled first with a cheeky close range strike by Nsue sending thousands of home fans into celebration.
The match, watched by Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou rose to the occasion as both sides played to get goals.
After the breather, Congo came charging left, right and centre with Bifouma causing all sorts of anxious moments for the host nation, but pushing and shoving by Equatorial Guinea defenders frustrated the Congolese strike.
It came as no surprise when Bifouma scored in the dying moments of the game sending home fans to put tails between their legs.
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso and Gabon are set to clash in another Group A encounter at the same venue at 2000hours (8:00pm).
– CAJ News
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