Gabon 1 – 1 Ghana

The African Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana is in jeopardy after four-time champions scored a late equalizer against Gabon and drew the match in Group C 1: 1.

Ghana captain Andre Ayew led with a great left foot shot and led in the 18th minute, but Jim Allevinah had two minutes left and equalized to save a draw for Gabon, who was without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to a mild heart disease.

The fierce battle ended with a skirmish and a red card for Benjamin Tetteh of Ghana for his part in the post-match brawl.

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Benjamin Tetteh received a red card in a fist when tension was rising between Gabon and Ghana after a 1: 1 match.

The draw leaves Ghana one point out of two Group C matches and threatens to be eliminated if it does not win its last match against the Comoros on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gabon is second in the group with four points and needs only one point from Tuesday’s last match against table Morocco to qualify for the 16th.

Gabon missed Aubameyang due to mild heart disease

Aubameyang was dropped from the Gabonese team to face Ghana due to a mild heart disease.

The Arsenal attacker tested positive for coronavirus last week after arriving in Cameroon, but subsequently posted on social media that he had fully recovered.

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (PA)
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not yet play for Gabon at this year’s AFCON

However, Gabon announced that Aubameyang, along with teammates Mario Lemina and Axel Mey, had all been left out due to “cardiac lesions.”

Arsenal is convinced that Aubameyang’s condition is not serious.

They were also in contact with a 32-year-old player who feels fine and has been training for the last two days.

The Gabonese Football Federation said in a statement: “According to the CAF [Confederation of African Footbal] medical commissions, players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, barely outside Covid, cannot take part in this match.

“Examination showed heart lesions and CAF did not want to take any chances.”

What’s next for Ghana and Gabon?

Ghana plays with the Comoros in its last match in the group, live in the Sky Sports Premier League from 19:00 on Tuesday, while Gabon faces Morocco at the same time, live on Sky Sports Football.

Sky Sports will show AFCON live

The African Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.

The tournament, originally scheduled for June and July 2021, will take place in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 matches live.

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