Gabon – Ghana | 14/01/2022 AFCON

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.

Two-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finalists Gabon opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over tournament debutants Comoros, despite having much less possession than their opponents. They might not be able to get away with that against stronger teams, and as they’ve only won one of their last nine H2Hs against Ghana (D3, L5) this should be a sterner test.

However, with just four wins since the start of 2021 (D2, L5), the ‘Panthers’ are not in great form and their win over Comoros was their first AFCON success since January 2015 (D3, L2). With the tournament low on goals so far, another tight affair wouldn’t surprise as each of Gabon’s last nine AFCON matches featured under 2.5 goals.

Ghana’s 1-0 defeat in their opener to Morocco saw them lose consecutive internationals (90-minute outcomes) for the first time since 2017, and they must bounce back here to put themselves in knockout qualification contention. To achieve that, they’ll need to stop a worrying trend of being stung by late goals – in three of their last four internationals they conceded after the 70th minute (W1, D1, L2).

Surprisingly for a side that’s reached the AFCON final nine times, the ‘Black Stars’ have struggled recently on foreign soil which could prove ominous. In fact, their only win across their last eight matches outside of Ghana came against lowly Zimbabwe (D2, L5). Although with Gabon ranked 89th in the world (Ghana #52), this could be a better outcome.

 

Date: 14/01/2022
Time: 22:00
Venue: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo (Yaoundé)
Pick for this match:
“2” – @ 2.07 ( BETWINNER )

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