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CAF 2017

Five facts ahead of Gabon v Burkina Faso

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group A match between Gabon and Burkina Faso in Libreville on Wednesday (1700 CET).

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Football Soccer - African Cup of Nations - Gabon v Guinea-Bissau - Stade de l'Amitie - Libreville, Gabon - 14/1/17 - Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring a goal.
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Hosts Gabon face Burkina Faso tomorrow in Libreville in the second game for Jose Antonio Camacho's side in Group A.  After Saturday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Guinea-Bissau, Gabonese fans will be anxious to see an improvement from "The Panthers". Here's five five facts ahead of the game:

Gabon's Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho
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Gabon's Spanish coach Jose Antonio CamachoGABRIEL BOUYSAFP

5 facts:

-- The countries also met in Group A at the 2015 Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea with Gabon winning 2-0 through goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna.

-- It ultimately proved a hollow victory for the Gabonese as they came third and the Burkinabe last in a section from which Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea qualified for the quarter-finals.

-- Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang went on to be crowned the African Footballer of the Year in 2016, an honour no Burkina Faso footballer has achieved.

-- There was an individual award for a Burkinabe star, however, at the 2013 Cup of Nations with winger Jonathan Pitroipa voted the outstanding player in South Africa.

-- Burkina Faso finished runners-up in that edition -- the closest they have come to winning the biennial tournament -- while the farthest Gabon progressed is the quarter-finals in 1996 and 2012.

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