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LUBANGO - Gabon missed out on an opportunity to reach the African Nations Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare when they were held to a goalless stalemate by Tunisia yesterday.

Gabon, who started their campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon, top Group D with four points from two matches, with Tunisia in second place on two points.

Third-placed Zambia (1) were facing Cameroon (0) in the group's other game of the day at Lubango's Tundavala Stadium.

The Gabon Panthers dominated throughout but failed to convert a handful of chances through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Stephane Nguema.

l Meanwhile Ghana captain Michael Essien suffered a knee injury during training yesterday, a spokesperson for the Black Stars said.

The Chelsea midfielder, who has played just 45 minutes at the tournament in Angola, is doubtful tomorrow key Group B match against Burkina Faso in Luanda.

"He picked up a knock in training and was taken to the hospital for checks," Ghana spokesperson Randy Abbesaid.

"He has been released from the hospital to join his team mates. He is now resting at the hotel. We don't know the extent of the injury."

Essien arrived almost a week after his team at the event, after being given time to recover from a hamstring injury at his London club. His arrival was also held up by flight cancellations because of bad weather in Europe.

Ghana must win their match against Burkina Faso to qualify for the quarter-finals. - Reuters


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