AFCON 2019:Burundi Historic Ticket.

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Afcon 2019.

Burundi have qualified for their first ever Cup of Nations after securing a 1-1 draw against Gabon, in the last qualifiers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon went into the match in Bujumbura hoping for victory, as they began the day two points adrift in Group C, but they were unable to clinch the victory which would have booked their place in the tournament.

Stubborn Burundi did well defensively, before taking the lead in the 77th minute when Cedric Amissi found the net.

An own goal from Omar Ngando later ensured a draw for Gabon, but Burundi held firm to claim an historic point.

Burundi will join Group C winners Mali at the tournament,in June and July this year.

For Gabon and Aubameyang, meanwhile, elimination from AFCON qualification marks their latest disappointment in international competition. 

The nation could only manage group stage finishes in the last two editions of the tournament and missed out on the 2018 World Cup after finishing third in their group in the final round of qualifying. 

The 2019 African Cup of Nations will make history as the first to be held in June rather than the traditional January/ February slot, and is also bigger than ever before. 

Hosts Egypt, who stepped in after Cameroon were stripped of the privilege, will welcome 23 other countries in the tournament.

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