Gabon will not even see the quarterfinals of “his” African Cup of Nations: held in check by Cameroon on Sunday (0-0), he leaves the latter and Burkina Faso, trespasser of Guinea Bissau (2-0), leave this group A.
Burkina Faso, who won thanks to a goal against his camp of Rudinilson Silva (12th) and a realization of Bertrand Traoré (58th), finishes even at the head of his group and thus avoids to face Senegal , One of the great favorites of the event, and who is already sure to finish at the top of his group B.
This honor will therefore return to Cameroon, on 28 January in Franceville. The Indomitable Lions did not allow Gabon to score on Sunday in Libreville, but did not succeed in registering any goal, which would have avoided this shock.
At the final whistle, they nevertheless showed more of their joy to qualify , when the Gabonese collapsed on the lawn, crying for some. This is the first time since 1994 that the host country of the CAN will not go into the quarterfinals. The Gabonese did not win any of their matches, despite the support of 40,000 spectators and visits of the President of the Republic to the training.
They may have regrets because, with the exception of ten good first minutes, they never seemed to compete in a qualifying match, only ripping out in the last 5 minutes.
For their part, the Burkinabe qualify in the quarter for the third time only of their history . Each time, their results were convincing, as they finished in 4th place in 1998, and in 2nd place in 2013.