AFCON exit puts host Gabon to shame

AFCON exitFrom DIDIER NDONG in Libreville, Gabon
LIBREVILLE, (CAJ News) – GABON has joined the unenviable list of Africa
Cup of Nations hosts to bow out of the groups stages in the tournament’s
60-year history.
After three draws, they are the first in 23 years to be knocked out that
early in the tournament following a tame outing coming to an end with a
goalless draw against Central African rivals Cameroon in Libreville on
That shoddy campaign saw them join Ethiopia (1976), Ivory Coast (1984) and
Tunisia (1994) as the teams that failed to advance from the pool phase.
It could spell doom for coach José Antonio Camacho Alfaro, the Spanish
trainer who replaced Portuguese Jorge Costa weeks before the tournament
began. Coasta was fired after a string of poor results.
The Gabonese have exited the tournament alongside fellow Group A side,
debutantes Guinea-Bissau, who lost 2-0 to Burkina Faso in Franceville.
Uganda were eliminated on Saturdayin Group D.
Burkina Faso finished atop Group A with five points, the same number of
points with Cameroon but with a superior goal difference (two).
Gabon were third on three points while Guinea-Bissau finished last with a
single point.
Action shifts to Group B where Senegal have already booked their berth in
the quarterfinals.
On Monday, the group leaders play (six points) third-placed Algeria (one
point) in Libreville.
Second-placed Tunisia (four points) entertain log anchors Zimbabwe, who
have a single point, in Franceville.
– CAJ News

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