Lemina's Gabon off the mark

By SFC Media Fri 12 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina’s Gabon kick-started their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over South Sudan this afternoon.

The midfielder played 66 minutes in the Gabonese capital of Libreville, where strikes from Denis Bouanga and Aaron Appindangoyé, plus an own goal from Hassan Martin, fired the hosts to victory.

The result takes the Panthers to four points from three matches, putting them back in contention to qualify for next summer’s tournament, which takes place in Cameroon.

Elsewhere, Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland on his 104th cap, but the Green and White Army were left disappointed after a 1-0 defeat in Austria.

West Ham forward Marko Arnautović scored the only goal in Vienna, leaving Northern Ireland without a point from their two games so far in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League.

In Asia, Maya Yoshida was an unused substitute as Japan eased past Panama 3-0. The defender is instead likely to feature in another friendly, against Uruguay, on Tuesday.

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