Hosts Gabon out of Afcon as Cameroon progress

first_imgGABON became only the third hosts to exit the Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) at the group stage after a 0-0 draw yesterday with Cameroon, who reach 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 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.Burkina Faso are the other quarter-finalists from the group after they beat debutants Guinea-Bissau 2-0, a result which put them top of the table above Cameroon by goal difference.Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang, one of the most prolific strikers in world football, will now have another painful memory from the Nations Cup to add to his crucial penalty miss in 2012 that cost his side a place in the semi-finals.He will replay over and over the moment in this match when he somehow got his feet tangled and put the ball wide of a gaping goal when trying to convert Bouanga’s low cross to the back post.After their fast start did not bring a goal, Gabon’s belief and confidence drained.They lacked the guile and creativity to break Cameroon down and they created virtually nothing until that late drama.The Indomitable Lions were 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.But Cameroon have a chance to improve, while Gabon must face up to their poor performances.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Okpekpe Organisers Set to Host a World-class Race

first_imgOrganisers of the fifth edition of the Okpekpe international 10km road race say they are ready to organise a bigger and better event on Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Race Director of Organisation, Zakari Amodu, said wednesday that the first and only IAAF Bronze Label race in Nigeria will live up to its billing as one of the prestigious road races in the world.“Everything is set for a good race on Saturday,” begins Amodu. “We have covered all grounds necessary for a good race that will help us in our push to be a silver label race come next year. We have the required number of nations and elite athletes to fulfill the requirements for a bronze label race. We have all the materials we wanted for effective doping control including a doping station at the finish area in Okpekpe,” he said. “The IAAF have set requirements for us to follow as a bronze label event and I can tell you we have met all the requirements and have even moved several steps higher,” he continued. ‘What we are waiting for is just for the race day to be here so that we can put into practice all we have been doing in terms of keeping to the requirements.“The international body also requested that prize money offered to competitors, including bonuses for times achieved shall be equal for all competitors regardless of their nationality or gender – in other words prize money for places should be equal for men and women and for nationals of the host country and athletes of other nationalities. This we have also done where the prize money for the first eight finishers are the same for men and women,” Amodu explained and added that drinking/sponging and refreshment stations will be adequately staffed by competent personnel and that water and refreshments shall be provided free of charge for all participants on the course and at the finish area.Amodu also revealed that the Okpekpe race is much more than the race on the road.”The Okpekpe race is conceptualised as a way of promoting distance and endurance related races for our athletes. It could pass for a high altitude high performance training for our athletes who need such conditions to be able to train effectively to be able to challenge the East Africans,” he said and believes the race has also offered the local community a first hand feel of hosting an international event while enjoying some of the economic benefit that could come with it.“We have also used the race to showcase the excellent standard of infrastructure that has been provided by the government of Edo State,” stressed Amodu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more