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Monday, 23 Jan 2017 12:57 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Gabon became only the fourth hosts to exit the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage after a 0-0 draw with Cameroon, who reached the quarter-finals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great chance for Gabon early on when he bundled the ball wide from two yards. His team-mate Denis Bouanga brought saves from Fabrice Ondoa as Gabon poured forward in the early stages.
Bouanga was also denied a last-gasp winner, that would have put Gabon through, when his shot crashed back off the post. The rebound sat up perfectly for Didier N'Dong but his shot was pushed over the bar brilliantly by Cameroon goalkeeper Ondoa as he was picking himself up the floor.
Gabon went into the game knowing they had to win to guarantee their qualification from Group A but they go out of the competition after three draws. Gabon's belief and confidence drained as they lacked the guile and creativity to break Cameroon down and they created virtually nothing until that late drama from Bouanga
The Indomitable Lions were however, a little better in what was a poor match and were unable to put Gabon out of their misery earlier, coming closest through an Ambroise Oyongo shot that clipped the post and a first-half header from Adolphe Teikeu that went narrowly wide.
Cameroon now have a chance to improve, while Gabon must face up to their poor performances. Burkina Faso are the other quarter-finalists from the group after they beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0, a result which put them top of the table above Cameroon by goal difference.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.