Burundi secure historic Nations Cup qualification at expense of Aybameyang's Gabon

Karim Farouk , Saturday 23 Mar 2019


Burundi have made history by reaching their first ever Africa Cup of Nations after holding Gabon to a 1-1 home draw on Saturday, with their fancied opponents missing out on a place in the Egypt finals. 

The hosts produced a heroic performance to keep at bay the likes of of Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Konyasport's Malick Evouna and Nimes Denis Bouanga to remain second in Group C with 10 points, one adrift of leaders Mali and two ahead of Gabon.

Cédric Amissi gave Burundi the lead in the 75th minute but an own goal from Omar Ngandu leveled the score seven minutes later. 

Burundi have now become the third team to earn their first ever Nations Cup qualification after Madagascar and Mauritania.

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