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Gabon hurts Ghana despite absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Friday; January 14; 2022 at 10:04 PM
Dominic Mostert• Last update: 23:05

Gabon has taken a big step towards the knockout stage of the Africa Cup. Without star player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; the team of national coach Anicet Yala dragged a point out of the fire on Friday evening against Ghana: 1-1. Due to the division of points; Gabon has collected four points; taking second place behind Morocco (six points). Even if Gabon still finishes third; participation in the knockout phase seems a fact. The numbers one and two of Group C will meet in the final game.

Aubameyang was diagnosed with a heart problem by the medical team of the African Football Association (CAF); the Gabonese Football Association reported. The same was true for teammates Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina. The trio was infected with the corona virus at the beginning of this week and for that reason had to miss the opening game against the Comoros (0-1 win). They had tested negative before the game against Ghana; but did not play because of the heart conditions. It is now known that inflammation of the heart muscle can occur after a corona infection.

At Gabon; David Sambissa of SC Cambuur was on the bench; while Ghana did not have Mohammed Kudus. Ghana is reportedly hoping that the Ajax midfielder will join the tournament later on after recovering from a rib injury; but that doesn’t seem likely to happen for the time being. Ghana opened the score beautifully in the eighteenth minute. Thomas Partey played the ball through the axis of the field towards André Ayew; who turned away from his guard and struck hard into the left corner from just 25 yards. In the second half; Gabon chased the equalizer. Substitute Jim Allevinah came a toe-length short to outwit keeper Joe Wollacott.

On the other side; Jordan Ayew curled a free kick wide; so that it seemed to stay at 0-1. In the end; however; Allevinah decided otherwise. Two minutes before the end; the Clermont midfielder scored diagonally after preparatory work by Guelor Kanga; with which he gave Gabon a place in the last sixteen countries. After the final whistle; referee Lahlou Benbraham was visited by a group of angry Ghanaians and Benjamin Tetteh dealt a blow to an opponent. The Ghana substitute then fled into the catacombs; but did not escape a red card.

Gabon has good papers to advance to the next round together with Morocco; a direct duel between the two countries will decide on Monday who will be the group winner. Even if Gabon loses; they seem certain of a place as one of the four best numbers three. Ghana can only finish second with a victory over the Comoros and a defeat of Gabon against Morocco. otherwise have to the black stars hope to continue as number three via the shortcut.


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