Our football match prediction:
Hosts Gabon kick off their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a match against Guinea-Bissau. Les Pantheres have big ambitions for the tournament and, no doubt, they will leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been scoring goals for fun with Borussia Dortmund this season and all eyes will be on the Bundesliga ace when the two teams face each other at Stade d’Angondje. Guinea-Bissau, on the other hand, are eager to prove their worth on their Africa Cup of Nations debut, but beating the home team in Libreville is easier said than done. The two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match and, taking everything into account, we predict that Aubemayang and Co. will emerge triumphant in the opening match of the 2017 tournament. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Andre Biyogo Poko, who used to play for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in the past.
Highlighted Player (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang):
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the most famous Gabonese player and he is the first footballer from Gabon to appear in Bundesliga. Aubameyang played for the likes of Dijon, Lille, Monaco and St. Etienne in the past before joining Borussia Dortmund on July, 2013. The pacey attacker signed a five-year contract with the Millionaires and he has been producing outstanding performances with the Signal-Iduna-Park outfit ever since. Aubameyang impressed in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 25 goals in 31 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, but that did not help Thomas Tuchel’s men win the domestic trophy. Speaking of his international career, the 187-cm-tall striker made his Gabon debut on 25 March, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-2 win over Morocco. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Gabon make it to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. It has to be noted, though, that he played for France U-21 team in the past. Aubameyang was born in Laval, France on 18 June, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Guinea Bissau):
Guinea-Bissau are an African football team that is controlled by Federacao de Futebol de Guine-Bissau. The Djutrus have never participated in the World Cup finals, but they did well to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Guinea-Bissau impressed in their qualifying group, with the team finishing the process in top position, leaving the likes of Congo, Zambia and Kenya behind them in Group E. The team play their home games at Estadio 24 de Setembro and Estadio Lino Correia and the colour of their home kit is red. Guinea-Bissau play their away matches in green shirts and green shorts. The likes of Edson Ricardo Nunes Correia Silva, Gerson Fernandes, Lassana Camara, Almami Moreira, Bocundji Ca, Eridson, Luciano Teixeira and Esmael Goncalves are some of Guinea-Bissau’s most notable players. The Djutrus recorded their biggest win against Benin (7-2) on 3 November, 2001, while they suffered their biggest loss against Mali (1-6) in 1997. Guinea-Bissau played under the name of Portuguese Guinea in the past.