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Africa Cup of Nations: Party atmosphere as tournament kicks off

Published 2111 GMT (0511 HKT) January 14, 2017
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Guinea-Bissau's players celebrate after equalizing during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group A match against Gabon. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyand had earlier opened the scoring. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Aubameyang was expected to star against unfancied Guinea-Bissau. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Guinea-Bissau's midfielder Zezinho (L) challenges Gabon's midfielder Merlin Tandjigora for possession in a closely fought first period that ended scoreless. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Aubameyang was largely kept quiet in the first half with neither side looking particularly threatening. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But he was first on the score sheet at the start of the second period, to the delight of his teammates. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Guinea-Bissau's Frederic Mendy stretches to head the ball as his team looked to level the scores late in the game. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
As stoppage time approached, Guinea-Bissau's defender Juary Soares (L) equalized to secure his country its first ever point at an AFCON tournament. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Football supporters had descended on Gabon's capital Libreville to witness the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kick off. STEVE JORDAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A Gabon supporter cheers before the home nation met tournament debutant Guinea-Bissau at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fans were treated to musical performances before the game kicked off and were whipped up by Samba, the mascot of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
French rapper Booba also performed during the opening ceremony. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A Gabon supporter sticks his tongue out before the African Cup of Nations kicked off. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Another supporter of host nation Gabon wears a wig displaying national colors. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But it wasn't just Gabon fans in attendance. Here, a Cameroon supporter gestures towards the camera. Cameroon was facing Burkina Faso later in the day in Libreville. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Gabon supporters dressed in national colors cheer for their team. STEVE JORDAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images