2017 AFCON kicks off Saturday in Gabon

By Kennedy Langat

The 2017 Africa Cup of nations gets underway this Saturday in Gabon with debutants Guinea Bissau facing hosts Gabon in the opening match at the Stade de l’Amitié.

Meanwhile Uganda Cranes management is hoping that first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango will be fully fit for their opening match against Ghana on 17th of this month at Stade de Port Gentil.

The Mamelodi Sundowns custodian went down with a groin injury to his left upper thigh in the 38th minute during their friendly match against Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

Onyango joined the Cranes camp on Saturday in Dubai from Abuja, Nigeria where he was named the Caf Player of the Year, based in Africa following his exploits at both club and national team in 2016.

He is expected to play a key role in helping the Cranes display a memorable performance at 2017 nations cup on their first return since 1978 when they lost to Ghana 2-0 in the final in Accra.

Uganda will face Egypt on 21st of this month at Stade de Port Gentil before taking on Mali in their last Group ‘D’ tie on 25th of this month.

Guinea Bissau President Jose Mario Faz has fulfilled the government’s promise of paying national soccer team their outstanding allowances as the country gave the team a heroic send off to Gabon for their first ever Africa Cup of nations competition.

In the meeting, the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation asked the government to cater for the transportation of fans as they are the 12th player offering the team morale and support.

The federation assured the government and the public that they are aiming to go past the group stages of the competition as that is every player’s dream.

Guinea-Bissau who were drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, will embark on their first ever AFCON campaign this Saturday against Gabon at the Stade de l’Amitié.


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