Football

Drama as Gabon strike late to dent Ghana’s qualification chances

Captain Andre Dede Ayew had given the Black Stars the lead in the 18th minute with a sumptuous left footed strike. His goal was his 10th in the AFCON finals.

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA

Gabon 1-1 Ghana

Gabon scored a late equalizer to deny Ghana a much needed win in the late kick off of Group C played in Douala.

Having lost their opener to Morocco, Ghana came into the game with nothing to settle for but a win and came close to achieving it had it not been for a late equalizer by substitute Jim Allevinah in the 88th minute.

Captain Andre Dede Ayew had given the Black Stars the lead in the 18th minute with a sumptuous left footed strike. His goal was his 10th in the AFCON finals.

Gabon who once again missed Pierre Emmerick Aubameyang, grew in confidence and kept Ghana on the back foot in the second half.

They finally got an equalizer with two minutes to play after a lapse in concentration of the Ghanaians.

Allevinah received a well laid ball by Guelor Kanga and struck perfectly past the goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott.

The goal brought chaos at fulltime as Ghana demanded a fair play from Gabon who got possession in the build up to their equalizer after Ghana had intentionally played the ball out of the pitch.

The chaos saw Ghana striker Benjamin Tetteh receive a red card for punching Gabon’s Aaron Salem Boupendza just after the final whistle.

Ghana have one point in two games and will have to beat Comoros comprehensively in the final group game if they are to secure a place in the knock stages.

Gabon have four points and will face leaders Morocco in the final game on Tuesday 18th.

Gabon XI; Jean Noel Amonome (GK), Anthony Henri Oyono, Bruno Ecuele Manga (C), Junior Assoumou, Johann Obiang, Guelor Kanga, Serge Junior Ngouali, Andre Biyogho Poko, Louis Ameka Autchanga, Denis Bouanga, Aaron Boupendza

Ghana XI; Joseph Wollacott (GK), Andy Kyereh Yiadom, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Abdul Rahman Baba, Thomas Partey, Baba Iddrisu, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Andre Ayew (C)

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