Gabon Intensify Preparations For 2017 AFCON

flagAhead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, Host, Gabon, have tightened security in the country as the event is only two days away.

Despite the government’s reassurance that the tournament would take place without incidents, there have been ongoing calls in recent months for strike action by the opposition political parties.

Gabon is due to play Guinea-Bissau in the opening game on January 14 at the Stade de l’Amitie.

The biennial tournament is made up of 16 teams played at four venues across four host cities, (Libreville, Franceville, Port-Gentil and Oyem), in the oil-rich central African country.

2017 AFCON Qualifier: Tanzania Draw Nigeria At Home

super eagles 2017 AFCONThe Taifa Stars of Tanzania have held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw at home in a Group G 2017 AFCON qualifier match.

It is the first leg of the second group match between Nigeria and the Tanzanian side.

The Taifa Stars made several attempts to get a goal against the Super Eagles, but on several occasions Carl Ikeme, Nigeria’s goalkeeper denied them the chance.

The Nigerian side had gone into the game with high hopes of getting maximum three points from the game after the Tanzanian side had lost 3-0 in Egypt, but the Nigerian side was denied that opportunity.

In the 11th minute, Nigeria came close to scoring through Emenike, who could only head over from close range from Musa’s whipped cross into the area.

The Tanzanian side upped their game, getting close to scoring in the 14th minute, with a great work from Samatta down the right, cutting inside and smashing a well-hit curling effort to the far post that was well dealt with by Ikeme, the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, who was in top form.

The match was fierce and fast as expected, but the Taifa Stars defiled permutations by holding Nigeria to a goalless draw.

Both sides made several other attempts, without getting a goal to go ahead in the first leg of the second Group G games.

Before the game began, Taifa Stars, were last in Group G behind Chad, as they had lost 3-0 in Egypt while Nigeria defeated Chad by a 2-0.

It is the first major game for the new Super Eagles’ Coach Sunday Oliseh and the Taifa Stars’ coach, Boniface Mkwasa.

In the group, Nigeria now have four points while Tanzania have one point.