Aubameyang nets again as Gabon draw, Cameroon eye quarters

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp – Raft of injuries –Guinea-Bissau, known as the ‘Wild Dogs’, now have to win their next game against Burkina Faso if they are to stay alive, although they could be aided by the injuries that have hit Paulo Duarte’s team.The Stallions lost star man Jonathan Pitroipa and Jonathan Zongo to injury as they failed to hold onto the lead given to them by Nakoulma midway through the first half in the Gabonese capital.Gabon were level again before the interval, Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang scoring his second goal in as many games at this Cup of Nations from the penalty spot after being brought down by goalkeeper Herve Koffi.The Panthers had the best chances to win it, not least when Denis Bouanga met Aubameyang’s knockdown with a first-time effort eight yards from goal only for Koffi to make a superb block.“The Ivory Coast won the last Africa Cup of Nations after drawing their opening two games,” recalled Gabon coach Jose Antonio Camacho.“Maybe it is a good omen. Everything still depends on us. If we beat Cameroon we will qualify.”However, Gabon’s hopes going into that game have already been hit by injuries to Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina and full-back Johann Obiang, with Camacho ruling both men out of the rest of the competition.The injuries put the state of the pitch in Libreville in the spotlight, but Burkinabe coach Paulo Duarte was philosophical.“The injuries are nothing to do with the pitch or our preparations. That’s just football at the top level,” he said.The action moves back to Group B in Franceville in south-eastern Gabon on Thursday as Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria meet Tunisia in a north African derby in the afternoon.Later, Africa’s top-ranked side Senegal know a win against outsiders Zimbabwe will secure their place in the last eight. Action in the Gabon game that ended in a draw.Cameroon close on last eight as Aubameyang, Gabon held againFT – Gabon 1 Burkina Faso 1; Guinea-Bissau 1 Cameroon 2Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Cameroon closed in on the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on Wednesday while hosts Gabon were left still waiting for a win despite another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Indomitable Lions came from behind to defeat Guinea-Bissau with Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu netting after Piqueti’s contender for goal of the tournament had given the debutants the lead.Cameroon now know a draw against Gabon in their final Group A game on Sunday will secure them a place in the last eight after a build-up to the finals marred by the refusal of several marquee names to accept call-ups.Earlier, Aubameyang’s penalty allowed Gabon to come from behind and draw 1-1 with Burkina Faso after Prejuce Nakoulma had put the Stallions in front at the Stade de l’Amitie. It was their second 1-1 draw in as many matches.Cameroon travelled to Gabon with arguably their weakest ever squad at the Cup of Nations but Hugo Broos’s side played well for much of their opening draw with Burkina Faso and showed great spirit to come from behind against Guinea-Bissau.The west African minnows were heading for their first ever win at the tournament after Piqueti, who plays for Sporting Braga’s B team in the Portuguese second division, put them in front in the 13th minute.It was a breathtaking goal as he collected possession midway inside his own half, lobbed one opponent and then outpaced another on his way into the box, where he crashed a shot past Fabrice Ondoa.However, Cameroon equalised when skipper Benjamin Moukandjo laid the ball off for midfielder Siani to hammer a first-time effort into the net from 20 yards just after the hour.Ngadeu, the Slavia Prague defender, then fired in a low shot at the near post to win it, although Belgian coach Broos was still not too happy at the end.“Our first-half performance was not worthy of Indomitable Lions, it was more like tame lions,” he said.“I have never seen such a weak team. There was nothing, no aggression, no fight.“But I think we deserved to win the game on the basis of our second half. We came here to get through the group.”Aubameyang with ball after scoring.last_img read more

Telegraph titles for England players

first_img14 Oct 2013 Telegraph titles for England players England junior internationals Ashton Turner and Alice Hewson won the boys’ and girls’ titles respectively in the Telegraph BMW Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago, Portugal. Turner, from Kenwick Park in Lincolnshire, overturned a four-shot deficit to win, while Alice Hewson won a battle with childhood friend Samantha Fuller on the final green in front of a 100-strong gallery. Turner, 17, who revealed in the week that he turned down an X Factor live audition to focus on his golf, admitted that he came here to prove a point after finishing fifth in last year’s finals, won by the world’s leading amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick. “I really wanted this one and my aim was to come back stronger,” he said after a closing 69. “Fitz’s win last year and what he has achieved since is a target for everyone now.  It is an honour to follow in Matt’s footsteps and recreate what he has done.” At the start of the final round Turner was four shots off the pace set by Algarve resident Nathan Brader – who pitched in from 90-yards to birdie the first.  But by the turn, Turner shared the lead and he moved ahead on the back nine, notably holing out from 10ft and 17ft on the 10th and 15th, where Brader three-putted. Turner finished the event three clear of Hampshire’s Jack Singh Brar, who also signed off with 69, and of Brader. Meanwhile Alice Hewson, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, led throughout the girls’ event. But she had to withstand a strong challenge from fellow girl international Sammy Fuller before she claimed the title. “So stressful!” were the 16-year-old’s first words, as relief poured out when she knew she’d claimed the title by two shots.  Competition was intensely close between the two girls throughout the 54–hole event, as they returned the same score in both the first and last rounds. But Alice claimed a crucial two-shot advantage in the second round. Alice, who has multiple offers from American universities, said: “I couldn’t control what Sammy might do so I took it one shot at a time.” The two junior winners will now tee it up alongside Paul McGinley, the Ryder Cup captain, at next year’s BMW Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth. “I’m just so excited by this,” Alice added. Leading final scores Boys 211 Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) 72 70 69 214 Jack Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 73 72 69; Nathan Brader  (Portugal) 68 70 76     216 Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) 75 71 70; Jamie Li (Bath) 69 75 72     218 Ewen Ferguson (Sco) 73 71 74     221 Arrun Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 71 77 73 Girls 224 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 76 73 75 226 Samantha Fuller (Roehampton) 76 75 75     235 Ellie Goodall (Selby) 80 79 76; Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 82 75 78 238 Mollie Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham Park) 78 76 84 Caption: Alice Hewson (second left) and Ashton Turner (second right) receive their trophies.last_img read more