A man paints letters ahead of Saturday's opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Friday Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea will be pressed to get off to a winning start when they face Congo Brazzaville in the tournament's opening game in Group A Saturday.The curtain-raiser to the competition in the country's largest city Bata will be followed later in the day by a meeting of the group's other two sides, Burkina Faso and Gabon, who clash after doing battle in qualifying.Congo Brazzaville's veteran coach Claude Le Roy has put the host nation under extra pressure after he openly dismissed as "catastrophic" his team's hotel in Bata, where the tournament final will be staged Sunday, Feb. 8 .In October, Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 in Libreville courtesy of a brace by skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, before they forced the West Africans to a 1-1 draw in Ouagadougou four days later.
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