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Burundi hold off Gabon to seal historic Nations Cup qualification

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Burundi held off Gabon in their final 2019 AFCON qualifying match on Saturday to seal their very first qualification for the Nations Cup.

Despite having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the pitch, Gabon failed to break Burundi who were playing at home a secured a 1-1 draw to reach the finals.

Gabon need a win to be through but fell behind in the 76th minute when Cedric Amissi put Burundi ahead.

But an own-goal from Omar Ngando eight minutes from time made it a tense finish as Gabon searched for the victory but the hosts held them off.

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The result means Burundi finished second in Group C, behind group leaders Mali who have already qualified, with Gabon, the 2017 Nations Cup hosts, third.

Burundi – who are 138th in the Fifa rankings – will join fellow East Africans Uganda and Kenya at the 2019 finals in Egypt.

On Friday, Angola sealed their place at the finals in Egypt with a 1-0 win away to Botswana in their final group I match.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is billed to take place between June 7 and June 30, 2019; and will feature 24 teams to be hosted by Egypt.

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