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SAT 15 NOVEMBER 2014, 17:00, LUANDA

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Gabon edge into AFCON 2015

by Staff Reporter

Sat November 15, 20:00

Gabon ensured that they will end their Group C AFCON qualifying campaign as one of the top two sides after drawing 0-0 with Angola at the Estadio 11 de Novembro on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers rode their luck on the day after Angola hit the woodwork in the second half and also squandered several excellent opportunities to score in a game that did not have too many clear-cut chances.

The Angolans made a positive start to the encounter, having the better of the opening minutes, but Carlos da Rocha missed a fourth minute chance to give them the lead.

There was a half chance for Gabon’s Genséric Kusunga, but he dragged his effort from a tight angle wide of goal.

The Angolans went on to have the better of the first half exchanges, but Gabon keeper Didier Ovono was on top of his game as he made a couple of good saves to keep the visitors in the match at half time.

An early second half goalmouth scramble saw the Panthers somehow keeping the ball out their own net, before Kusunga wasted a great chance to give them the lead when he headed the ball over the target from right in front of goal on 51 minutes.

With an hour on the clock, Arsenio Cabungula should have given Angola what would have been a deserved lead, but he managed to miss the target when it seemed easier to score.

The hosts continued to mount the pressure on the Gabon defence, and were very unlucky not to net on 66 minutes when da Rocha saw his shot coming back off the woodwork before Ovono did well to save from the rebound.

Angola remained on the front foot for the rest of the game, but their only real chance to score saw Cabungula failing to find the mark with his 85th minute header as the home team had to settle for the 0-0 stalemate which ended their qualification hopes.

Burkina Faso, who beat Lesotho 1-0, top Group C with 10 points. Gabon are nine points, Angola five and Lesotho three.

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