Gabon ensured Comoros’ Africa Cup of Nations finals debut was one to forget as they started their Group C campaign with a 1-0 win.
Aaron Boupendza’s superb finish from a tight angle proved the difference in a game defined by otherwise wayward shooting.
Louis Ameka Autchanga slid Boupendza down the left flank and the Al-Arabi forward left Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahamada stranded with a stunning strike.
Comoros dominated possession and had eight attempts to Gabon’s seven as they attempted to find a way back into the contest.
But just one of those efforts hit the target, leaving them with an uphill climb to qualify from a group also featuring Morocco and Ghana.
Gabon could potentially book their place in the next stage with a win over Ghana on Friday.
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It’s a hard-fought victory for the Leopards against Comoros thanks to Aaron Boupendza’s strike #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 | #AFCON2021 | #COMGAB pic.twitter.com/n3Otd7TB3k
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