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2017 AFCON low on goals

Posted: 6 February 2017 Time: 09:10

The 2017 AFCON has ended as the second lowest scoring tournament since the continent’s biggest football competition was increased to 16 teams in 1996.

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Sixty-six goals were scored in this year’s edition played in Gabon, ironing down to a 2,0625 goals per match average.

It is only the 2002 event which has produced fewer goals with that tournament in Mali ending up with just 51 goals through the 32 matches that were played.

This year Group B provided a third of the total number of goals scored in this tournament.

In that Franceville-based group featuring Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Zimbabwe, 21 goals were scored compared to just six in Group D.

The match between Tunisia and Zimbabwe, won 4-2 by the Carthage Eagles, provided the most goals in a single game.

Only 14 goals were scored in the eight knockout stage matches.

CAF has had 11 editions of their flagship competitions played with 16 teams participating.

Though the 1996 finals hosted by South Africa was actually supposed to be the first 16-team tournament, only 15 took part after Nigeria withdrew for political reasons.

The 2008 competition remains the highest scoring edition having had 99 goals.

As an indication of just how much goals were lacking this year, the tournament's top scorer – Junior Kabananga – finished on three goals.

By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport

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