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Gabon Upsets Cameroon In African Cup Soccer

PTI 14 Jan 2010, 16:40:08 IST

Gabon became the latest underdogs at the Africa Cup of Nations to punch above their weight when they claimed the scalp of continental giants Cameroon with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Later, in Lubango, 2004 champions Tunisia were unable to capitalise on Cameroon's slip up when they escaped with a 1-1 draw against Zambia to leave Group D wide open.

Angola 2010 is fast earning a reputation as a tournament of upsets, with Angola squandering a 4-0 lead to draw 4-4 draw against Mali, Algeria whipped 3-0 by Malawi, and Ivory Coast held by Burkina Faso.

Egypt, the two-time champions, are the only side to do themselves justice in the opening week with their 3-1 defeat of Nigeria on Tuesday.

On paper Cameroon, offically rated the best side in Africa, should have taken Gabon to the cleaners.

But Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o and his teammates were unable to respond to Gabon's Hull City striker Daniel Cousin who produced the only goal of the game to go top of Group D.

Veteran Cameroon central defender Rigobert Song became the first man to play in eight Nations Cup tournaments, but he would have surely traded his place in history for a different result.

Tunisia avoided embarrassment when five minutes before the break teenage striker Youssef Msakni tore the Zambian defence apart down the left, cutting the ball back to Zouhaier Dhaouadhi who slammed it into the roof of the net.

Zambia coach Herve Renard reckoned his side had let slip maximum points, especially after Gabon's win.

Thursday sees the second batch of matches in Group A in Luanda, with Angola facing giantkillers Malawi while Mali tackle Algeria.