AFCON 2015: Equatorial Guinea, Congo share spoils

The opening fixture of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON ended in a stalemate as hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo played out a 1-1 draw.

Equatorial Guinea will feel hard-done having led by a lone goal till the 80th but Thievy Bifouma’s late strike helped Congo secure a dramatic 1-1 draw.

That nonetheless, the result means Congo are now without a win in 13 Nations Cup matches, a run that stretches back to 1974.

With a good number of their fans roaring behind them, it was Equatorial Guinea who scored first in Saturday’s opening AFCON game when Emilo Nsue burst into space and drilled the ball under the on-rushing goalkeeper and into the goal.

The hosts guided their lead jealously till the end of the first half to the delight of the home fans.
After the break, Evan Bolado came off the bench for Equatorial Guinea and almost made an immediate impact as he thread the ball through to Javier Balboa, but his strike was saved.

Nsue was close to getting his second goal of the afternoon after cleverly dinking the ball over Christopher Mafoumbi, but the referee chalked the goal off for offside.

It was already looking like Congo will have to make do with an opening day defeat when Baudry hit the post late on for Congo and it looked like Equatorial Guinea might close out the win but Bifouma scored late on to rescue a draw for his side.


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