Gabon are the first team to register a win at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-0 Group A win against Burkina Faso at the Estadio de Bata on Saturday. Alain Traore was the only player to get a shot on target for the 2013 runners-up in the first eighteen minutes of the match. The surprise in the stadium was obvious when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first goal at the feet of fumbling goalkeeper Germain Sanou.
The Burkinabe keeper was caught sleeping as he strayed near the edge of the goal box only to be overtaken by the Borussia Dortmund striker who calmly side-footed the goal as if he had all the time in the world. In the 37th minute it should have been level when Jonathan Pitroipa found himself with the goal at his mercy but Didier Ovono pulled off a blinder of a save to keep the Panthers in front. It was not the first time Ovono saved the Gabonese in the opening 45.
The KV Oostende goalkeeper was at it again in the second period keeping Les Etalons at bay. In the 64th minute it was Sanou’s turn to pull off an heroic save to deny Aubameyang his second and what would surely have killed the game off. Less than 30 seconds Ovono pulled off another sterling save to maintain the status quo in Bata.
It was 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Aubameyang changed direction from the left and played Frederic Waga Bulhot out wide and the Number 10 moved down the right-hand side of the area before crossing to Malick Evouna who happily headed home. Paul Put’s charges certainly had their chances but wasteful finishing in front of goal meant they would go back to the hotel with a 2-0 reverse.