Burundi makes history qualifying for its first ever AFCON tournament

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 8: Africa Cup of Nations trophy is seen ahead of the draw for the 2017 CAN qualifiers in Cairo. The CAF announced that Gabon will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. (Photo by Haikel Hmima/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy. (Photo by Haikel Hmima/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Burundi made history by qualifying for its first Africa Cup of Nations tournament following a 1-1 draw with Gabon in Bujumbura.

The hosts came into the game knowing that a draw would be enough to send them through ahead of Gabon, who trailed them by two points.

Cédric Amissi opened the scoring for the hosts in the 77th minute but an own goal by Omar Ngandu five minutes later set up a tense finale.

The result sees Burundi qualify from Group C along with group winners Mali who are scheduled to play South Sudan later on Saturday.

Burundi so far joins Kenya and Uganda as East Africa’s representatives to the tournament that will be held between June 15 and July 13 in Egypt.

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