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Gabon withdraw, Equatorial Guinea qualify for Kenya 2018

by Graeme Jackson

Sat August 12, 21:15

Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship finals on a walkover after their opponents Gabon withdrew.

The teams were set to meet in a Central Zone qualifying tie, with the first leg in Malabo on Saturday evening and the return pencilled in for Libreville next weekend.

However, the Panthers have withdrawn for as yet unspecified reasons, allowing the National Thunder to progress directly into the CHAN finals.

They join hosts Kenya and a further 14 qualifiers in the 16-team field, with the tournament set to be held from January 11 to February 2 next year.

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