Nations Cup update: Co-host Gabon crashes out in penalty shootout with MaliAkintokunbo A. Adejumo, CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria), Headlines Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
President Ali Bongo of Gabon on Monday sent a message of comfort to the national team following their exit from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday in a jumpy quarter-final clash against Mali.
The capital of the co-host nation Libreville and the rest of the country were plunged into total gloom after the defeat, with beer parlours and roadside shops quickly shutting up and night goers deserting the streets.
“Throughout this competition, your performance has been honourable and you offered to all Gabonese moments of joy and strong emotions,” President Ali told the players in a message.
“Although we had wished to applaud and accompany you to the final of February 12, 2012, quitting the competition at this level cannot be seen as a failure on your part. You have attracted the sympathy and the spotlight of the world. Many readers and viewers have been attracted to your individual and collective talents but also and especially, on our efforts in changing our country,” he said.
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