Friday 23 March 2018

Cousin goal stuns Lions

DANIEL Cousin's goal floored Cameroon yesterday as Gabon pulled off the latest shock in an African Cup of Nations full of upsets. The 1-0 result means that none of Africa's six World Cup qualifiers managed a win in the first round of group matches.

Admittedly, Ghana had a bye, following Togo's withdrawal, and World Cup hosts South Africa are not participating, but the Indomitable Lions' defeat continued a run of surprises for the continent's big guns.

Earlier in the week, Algeria were stunned 3-0 by Malawai, and Nigeria went down 3-1 to Egypt. Star-studded Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw by the minnows of Burkina Faso.

Hull City striker Cousin made the most of a blunder by former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song to score in the 17th minute.

Song, making a record eighth African Cup appearance, stumbled trying to cut out a through-ball, allowing Cousin space to stab in a low shot.

"We are very pleased we got a win in the first game," said Gabon coach Alain Giresse, who came out on top against French countryman Paul Le Guen.

Zambia held Tunisia to a 1-1 draw in last night's other game.

Irish Independent

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