Gabon eye per­fect start

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LI­BRE­VILLE. - Host na­tion Gabon will be ea­ger to get their 2017 African Cup of Na­tions soc­cer cam­paign off to the per­fect start when they take on Guinea-Bis­sau at the Stade de l'Ami­tié in Li­bre­ville this evening.

Kick-off is at 6pm and the match will be live on Su­pers­port 4.

While re­ports in the host na­tion have de­scribed the build-up to the show­piece as gloomy and tense, a pos­i­tive vibe is ex­pected to ig­nite once the tour­na­ment gets un­der­way this week­end.

The Pan­thers will get the show un­der­way with a clash against Afcon new­bies Guinea-Bis­sau this week­end, with the Cen­tral African coun­try play­ing host to the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment for the se­cond time in five years.

Joint hosts with Equa­to­rial Guinea in 2012, the Gabonese reached the quar­ter-fi­nal stage be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated via a penalty shootout by Mali in Li­bre­ville.

Gabon will be hop­ing to go all the way this time around, but will need their fel­low coun­try­men to rally be­hind them if they are to claim an un­likely first Afcon ti­tle.

First up is a clash against sur­prise pack­age Guinea-Bis­sau. -

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