MATCH CENTRE

SAT 23 MARCH 2019, 15:00, BUJUMBURA

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Burundi hold off Gabon to book AFCON ticket

by Staff Reporter

Sat March 23, 17:12

Burundi survived a late scare to book their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw against Gabon at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday afternoon.

The Swallows advance to what will be their first ever AFCON tournament after finishing as runners-up in qualifying Group C behind Mali, who host South Sudan in Bamako later this evening.

Burundi opened the scoring in the 77th minute through Cedric Amissi and the forward's goal looked sure to confirm the hosts ticket to Egypt later this year.

An own goal from Omar Ngandu, though, threatened to spoil the brewing party in Bujumbura, but the Swallows were able to hold their nerve and duly book their spot at the upcoming showpiece.

For the Panthers of Gabon - the 2017 AFCON hosts - it was a case of missed opportunities as they fail to make Africa's showpiece two years after welcoming the continent in their own backyard.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
BURUNDI GABON
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
18
Goalkeeper
23
12
2
13
19
17
5
Defender
15
Defender
3
8
Defender
6
3
Defender
8
19
Defender
21
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
17
6
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
2
22
Midfielder
9
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
4
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
22
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
5
Forward/Striker
14
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