AFCON 2017: Round One Goes To The Minnows
It’s increasingly been the case that the role of “minnows” in global football is being re-written. Take Leicester last season and RB Leipzig this season for examples of how the little teams are beginning to disturb the big boys. Well AFCON is no different and the first round was taken over by the supposed small fish.
The Warriors of Zimbabwe were just eight minutes from a famous victory over Algeria when Riyadh Mahrez rode to the rescue with an equaliser in a two all draw while Guinea Bissau did shock hosts Gabon in the opening game of the tournament with an equaliser right at the death.
Meanwhile Ghana needed a penalty goal from Ayew to despatch the Cranes of Uganda who are making a first appearance in over three decades.
The Africa Cup of Nations is no stranger to unheralded champions, Zambia are the most recent example winning the 2012 edition ahead of Nigeria and other heavyweights and so it will hardly come as a surprise if an underdog comes out top. However, it’s early days yet.
The story so far…
Yellow cards 20
Red cards 1 (Lomalisa Mutambala of DR Congo)
Penalty goals 3
Gabon 1-1 Guinea Bissau
Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon
Algeria 2-2 Zimbabwe
Tunisia 0-2 Senegal
Ivory Coast 0-0 Togo
DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
Ghana 1-0 Uganda
Mali 0-0 Egypt
Goals for most of the big boys