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AFCON 2017: Andre Ayew's penalty gives Ghana narrow win over Uganda

Updated 2109 GMT (0509 HKT) January 17, 2017
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Several thousand Uganda fans are estimated to have traveled to Gabon for their country's first AFCON appearance for almost 40 years. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Under the guidance of Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic (R) and his staff, these players have already made history but got their AFCON 2017 campaign underway with a 1-0 defeat to powerhouse Ghana. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Andre Ayew's penalty was all that separated the sides following Isaac Isinde's foul on Asamoah Gyan inside the box. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
None of the current Uganda squad was even born when the country last competed in an AFCON, a tournament which culminated in a 2-0 defeat in the final against Tuesday's opponents Ghana. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Ghana's forward Gyan (R) will be looking to score his 50th international goal and reach 100 caps at AFCON 2017. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Mali supporters were already filling the stadium as they awaited the start of their match against Egypt. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Mali went into the match as underdog and Egypt's Pharaohs are hoping to win their eighth Africa Cup of Nations. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Mohamed Salah (L), nicknamed the 'Egyptian Messi', was unable to force a way through a solid Mali defense as the game finished 0-0. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Malian fans in the stadium provided some of the loudest and most colorful support yet at AFCON 2017. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images