Ghana will be looking to get their Africa Cup of Nations campaign up and running when they square off against Gabon at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Friday.
This will be the first encounter between the sides since 2011, when the Black Stars claimed a 2-1 victory, and they will be desperate for a repeat of the same as more dropped points will be a huge blow to their qualification chances.
Gabon got their Africa Cup of Nations off to a brilliant note as they claimed a hard-earned 1-0 victory over debutants Comoros last Monday.
In the absence of star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Les Pantheres took the lead shortly after the quarter-hour mark through Aaron-Salem Boupendza before putting on a solid defensive performance to see out the win.
This was a first victory in three games across all competitions for Patrice Neveu’s men, who were beaten 2-1 by Egypt in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers on November 16 before playing out a 1-1 draw with Mauritania in a friendly fixture two Tuesdays ago.
Following the result, Gabon currently sit top of Group C, level on points with Morocco, who saw off Ghana 1-0 in their group opener, and victory here will almost certainly confirm their place in the knockout stages.
However, they go up against an opposing side who they have lost against in each of the last two meetings between the sides, with their most recent defeat coming back in 2011 when they were beaten 2-1 in a friendly fixture.
Meanwhile, Ghana were denied a dream start to their AFCON campaign as they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of high-flying Morocco on Monday.
Following an uneventful first half, former Southampton man Sofiane Boufal netted with seven minutes remaining on the clock to hand the Atlas Lions all three points and leave the West African side bottom of the group. [Source: SportsMole]
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