Last Updated at 5:55 pm, January 23rd 2012
The game comes to an end and co-hosts Gabon kick off their AFCON campaign with a victory. Niger were outplayed in every aspect of the game today. Comfortable win for the Panthers.
Gabon sub: Andre Biyogo Poko replaced by Lloyd Palun
Gabon sub: Aubameyang replaced by Daniel Cousin.
First Gabon sub: Mbanangoye on for Nguema
Yellow card for Stephane Nguema after a poor tackle from behind.
Last Niger sub: Amadou comes on for Boubacar Talatu
Niger sub: Jimmy Bulus on for Souleymane Mazadou.
The players head towards the dressing rooms for half-time with Gabon deservedly 2-0 ahead after a dominant first half. Niger had a promising moment or two towards the end of the opening stanza, but it was the co-hosts who were in control.
GOAL Gabon! Stephane Nguema!
Niger sub: Alhassane Issoufou comes off and is replaced by Yacouba Ali
GOAL Gabon! Aubameyang!
Yellow card for Issoufou Alhassane after a rash tackle on Charly Moussonou.
If you fancy a punt, our friends at Sky Bet have priced Ivory Coast as 1/6 favourites to top their group, while Ghana are 1/14 to qualify from Group D.
Africa Cup of Nations Group A
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Africa Cup of Nations Group C
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