Can 2021: Gabon thwarts the Caf trap and hooks Ghana
Gabon snatched a draw (1-1) against Ghana in the 2and Group C match, January 14 in Yaoundé. A result that allows Gabon to glimpse the 8and final to the chagrin of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), which did not allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Lemina and Axel Meye to take part in the meeting for « heart problems ».
Deprived of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Lemina and Axel Meye, disqualified by the African Football Confederation (Caf) for heart problems, Gabon fought a real fight for their second group match. Led almost throughout the game, Anicet Yala’s team snatched the point of a draw (1-1) against Ghana on January 14 in Yaoundé. The first 20 minutes of the match, Gabon will clearly dominate its opponent. But in the course of the game, Ghana will go ahead on the scoreboard. On a clear strike at the entrance to the penalty area of Jordan Ayew, the Black Stars will deceive Jean-Noël Amonome and open the scoring in the 20thand minute.
Bruno Ecuele Manga’s teammates will try to catch up on the scoreboard, but in vain. Like this big action by Junior Obiang (28and), whose center in the Ghanaian penalty area will not find a buyer. It is on this score that the break will take place. Back from the locker room, Gabon will put their foot on the ball to try to equalize. But it was without counting on the determination and the solidity of Ghana, which will defeat the attempts of its vis-à-vis.
Attack-defense in the second half
The Black Star defense will be put to the test in particular at 58and and 60and minutes, with two chances in quick succession from Gabon. First by a deep call from Jim Allevinah, whose attempt will be repelled by goalkeeper Joseph Luke Wollacot. Then by Guelor Kanga, whose strike will come up against the opposing defense. A true attack-defense, which will turn to the advantage of Ghana… until the flash of genius of Jim Allevinah. In the final moments of the game, the striker from Clermont (French D1) will finally deceive Joseph Luke Wollacot with a cross shot. The score will not move and the referee Lahlou Benbraham will put an end to the match.
With four points on the clock, Gabon, second in Group C behind Morocco (leader with six points), can dream of qualifying for the round of 16. A draw against Morocco on January 18 will allow Anicet Yala’s men to ensure their qualification. Moreover, how not to mention the “scheming” of the Caf on the Gabon-Ghana meeting? After a victory against Comoros without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Lemina and Axel Meye, Gabon had to find the three players, back after a positive test for Covid-19, for the second match against Ghana.
The Gabonese cry conspiracy
But the medical examinations of the three players showed heart damage. “According to the CAF medical commission, the players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina barely out of the Covid cannot take part in this match. The examinations would show cardiac lesions. The Caf did not want to take risks”, can we read in an official press release. A decision described as a conspiracy by the Gabonese.
« How can we talk about heart problems with two players who have been playing for years in England for years in major European championships where there are upscale doctors », confided a Gabonese official. A situation that suggests that the Caf would have taken revenge on Gabon. Indeed, the delegation took up residence in a hotel other than the one provided by the Caf in Yaoundé. An affront that does not seem to have digested the umbrella body of African football. Fortunately, Gabon was able to avoid the worst by saving their skin against Ghana.