Gabon stay perfect
Gabon continued their charmed run at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday, toppling Tunisia to emerge from the first round with a perfect nine points.
Gernot Rohr's already qualified side added the noted scalp of the 2004 winners to those of Morocco and Niger to finish winners of Group C and earn a quarterfinal date with the Group D runners-up.
With Ghana favourites to claim Group D that could prove a major boost to the co-hosts' outlandish bid to make it to the February 12th final.
Day 11 saw simultaneous games being played in Franceville, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's' goal did it for 2004 winners Tunisia, and in the Gabon capital where the dead' tie between the two eliminated teams ended in a 1-0 win for Morocco over Niger.
The nation's eyes though were trained on events in the country's second city where Aubameyang, one of the Panthers' main stars, bagged a 62nd minute goal when he collected a loose ball before wrong footing goalkeeper Rami Jeridi for his third goal of the competition.
Tunisia fought to restore parity but the home heroes were resolute in defence to hold on for another famous victory.
"This was our most difficult game so far against a very good Tunisia team, who dominated the game from start to finish," admitted Rohr.
"It was not easy because we were already qualified for the quarterfinals. But thanks to the professional attitude and fighting spirit of the players, we won to finish top of the group."
Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi said: "We rested some of the players because they have already been booked and we did not wish to risk them before the quarterfinals.
"However, those who played today showed many good qualities because we played well but we could not win the match."