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Gabon vs Burkina Faso: interesting facts you should know

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Burkina Faso’s squad (back L-R) defender Patrick Malo, forward Bertrand Traore, defender Issoufou Dayo, defender Bakary Kone, goalkeeper Herve Kouakou Koffi, midfielder Charles Kabore, (L-R) midfielder Abdou Razack Traore, midfielder Alain Traore, defender Yacouba Coulibaly, forward Jonathan Pitroipa and midfielder Prejuce Nakoulma pose for a group picture ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Burkina Faso and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on January 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group A match between Gabon and Burkina Faso in Libreville on Wednesday (1600 GMT):

— The countries also met in Group A at the 2015 Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea with Gabon winning 2-0 through goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna.

— It ultimately proved a hollow victory for the Gabonese as they came third and the Burkinabe last in a section from which Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea qualified for the quarter-finals.

— Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang went on to be crowned the African Footballer of the Year in 2016, an honour no Burkina Faso footballer has achieved.

— There was an individual award for a Burkinabe star, however, at the 2013 Cup of Nations with winger Jonathan Pitroipa voted the outstanding player in South Africa.

— Burkina Faso finished runners-up in that edition — the closest they have come to winning the biennial tournament — while the farthest Gabon progressed is the quarter-finals in 1996 and 2012.

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