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Gabon knocked out of Africa Cup

Associated Press logo Associated Press 22/01/2017 By GERALD IMRAY

Gabon is gone at the African Cup of Nations, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's team becoming the first host since Tunisia in 1994 to be eliminated in the group stages.

Four teams have now qualified for the quarters: Senegal, Ghana, and Burkina Faso and Cameroon from Gabon's group.

Gabon missed golden chances in front of goal at the beginning and end of its 0-0 draw against Cameroon, missing out on the quarterfinals on Sunday and leaving a deflated tournament that may struggle for fan interest without the home team.

There are five more quarterfinal places to be decided from the three remaining groups:

With Senegal already into the quarterfinals with two wins from two and Liverpool's Sadio Mane on goal-scoring form, there's just one place left from Group B.

Algeria, with its array of European league talent, isn't well-placed to take it and needs help from other teams.

Algeria sits third in the group and must beat in-form Senegal on Monday in Franceville to have a chance at progressing.

Elsewhere, defending champion Ivory Coast is on the precipice heading into a decisive last game in Group C against Morocco, coached by former Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard.

It'll be a winner-takes-all encounter between those two on the bumpy field up in Oyem in the far north of Gabon on Tuesday.

Group leader Congo plays bottom-placed Togo in Port-Gentil.

There are all sorts of possibilities that could play out. Bottom line, though: The winner of Ivory Coast-Morocco will go through, while Congo will progress if it gets a draw or win.

Group D is pretty simple - it all comes down to Mali or Egypt, the record seven-time champion making its return to the Cup of Nations.

Ghana is already into the quarters and Uganda is out, the first team to be eliminated.

So, Egypt would qualify with a draw or better against Ghana. A defeat for Egypt would open the way for Mali.

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