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Five facts ahead Congo vs Gabon tie

20 January 2015, 12:44

Bata - Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group A match between Congo Brazzaville and Gabon in Bata Wednesday.

-- Gabon will be the first country to qualify for the 2015 Cup of Nations quarter-finals if they defeat central African neighbours Congo Brazzaville in the second match of a double-header.

-- Veteran Congo coach Claude le Roy has reached the last eight in six of seven previous Cup of Nations appearances, with the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013 the only blot on his copybook.

Also read: Congo announces 2015 AFCON final squad

-- Gabon and Borussia Dortmund goal poacher Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, runner-up to Ivorian Yaya Toure in the 2014 African Footballer of the Year poll, was born in France to Gabonese and Spanish parents and reared in Italy.

-- While many of the 368 footballers at the 2015 Cup of Nations come from top-flight European clubs, Congo goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi lines up with French fourth-tier outfit Le Pontet.

-- Gabon striker Romaric Rogombe can pass on intimate knowledge of Congo to coach Jorge Costa as he plays for AC Leopards, the dominant club in the country for several seasons.

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