The Gabon international found the back of the net to rescue a point for the Greens at Stade Geoffroy Guichard
Anglo-Nigerian forward Josh Maja thought he’d won it for the visitors as he opened the scoring with a 65th-minute effort. But the lead was short-lived as Bouanga equalised for the hosts three minutes later.
Maja, netting his sixth of the campaign, benefited from a mix-up in the box after Etienne’s defenders failed to deal with Samuel Kalu’s deflected cross.
But in a well-orchestrated move, Gabonese attacker – Bouanga – linked up with Algeria‘s Ryad Boudebouz for the equaliser.
The 25-year-old winger nodded home Boudebouz’s pin-point cross with aplomb for his ninth league goal of the campaign as he continues his resurgence under Claude Paul.
With the results, Les Girondins remained 12th and are guaranteed safety while Saint-Etienne dropped one spot down to 17th with 30 points from 28 outings, four points separate them from 19th placed Amiens who occupy the last automatic relegation spot.
A total of 10 Africans featured for these two sides in this encounter with Bouaunga, Boudebouz, Ivory Coast’s Jean Aholou and Senegal‘s Assane Diousse all featuring for Les Verts while Mozambique’s Mexer, Senegal’s Youssouf Sabaly, Morocco’s Youssef Ait Bennasser, Guinea’s Francois Kamano and Nigerians Kalu and Maja all featured for Bordeaux.
Bouanga will look forward to another impressive performance to help Saint-Etienne beat the drop when they travel to Monaco next Sunday, 15 March.