Friday 24 November 2017

Zambia halt Gabon's title bid

African Cup of Nations

Zambia and Cameroon reached the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals as a dramatic final day in Group D saw Gabon -- group-toppers before kick-off -- miss out on qualification.

Goals from Rainford Kalaba and James Chamanga earned Herve Renard's Zambia a deserved 2-1 victory against Gabon in Benguela despite substitute Fabrice Do Marcolino's late consolation.

But it came at a price, with both Kabala and centre-half Kampamba Chintu collecting bookings which rule them out of the last-eight tie.

Cameroon booked their place in the last eight after twice coming from behind to seal a 2-2 draw against Tunisia in Lubango.

The Indomitable Lions, who needed at least a point to ensure qualification, fell behind after just 57 seconds thanks to a fine diving header from Amine Chermiti.

It stayed at 1-0 until a minute after half-time, when Samuel Eto'o equalised with a close-range strike, before an own goal from Aurelien Chedjou restored the advantage for the Carthage Eagles.

But Landry N'Guemo responded instantly with an arrowed finish to hand Paul Le Guen's team a place in the next stage.

Irish Independent

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