Comoros 0-1 Gabon: Aaron Boupendza’s first-half strike earns victory over Les Coelacantes, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s side make strong start to AFCON
- Gabon started their AFCON campaign with a 1-0 victory over Comoros
- Aaron Boupendza’s first-half goal was enough to earn Gabon all three points
- Les Coelacantes left to rue missed chances after an impressive performance
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the fixture after testing positive for Covid
Aaron Boupendzaâs strike from a narrow angle sealed a dull 1-0 win for Gabon over Africa Cup of Nations debutants Comoros Islands in their opening Group C clash on Monday.
Gabon, who were missing talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and influential midfielder Mario Lemina due to COVID-19 infections, never looked troubled and scored from one of only a few shots on target at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Boupendza rifled the ball into the roof of the net after he was set free in the box by Louis Ameka.
Aaron Boupendza (left) scored the goal that won Gabon all three points in their AFCON opener
The goal gave Gabon their first win at the continental finals since they defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in the 2015 group stages.
Gabon move joint top of the pool with Morocco, who beat Ghana 1-0 earlier on Monday.
Gabon will take on the Ghana in their second game on Friday, when the two other teams in the group will also clash.
Boupendza wheeled away to celebrate his country’s first goal of the tournament
Gabon will face Ghana on Friday whilst Comoros will take on Morocco in Group C
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