Gabon maintain perfect start
© AFP

Gabon moved closer to a first FIFA World Cup™ appearance by beating Togo 3-0 today. Bruno Ecuele scored after only 11 minutes to give the home team a perfect start in Libreville, and second-half goals from Roguy Meye and Moise Brou secured three more Group A points.

Thomas Dossevi did not help Togo by being sent off five minutes before half-time, and team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor was shown a yellow card soon after as visiting tempers frayed.

Victory maintained Alain Giresse's side's 100 per cent record in a pool completed by Cameroon and Morocco, who meet tomorrow in Yaounde desperate for points after respective losses to Gabon and Togo three months ago in their final-phase openers.

Next up for a Gabonese side composed largely of footballers from small clubs around Europe are Cameroon in two weeks, and another triumph at the Omar Bongo Stadium would heighten dreams of a place at South Africa 2010. The five group winners qualify for the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted on the continent, and the top three in each go to the biennial CAF African Nations Cup in Angola.