Ghana in difficulties after the draw with Gabon in a turbulent game

Yaounde: Ghana were forced to draw 1-1 with Gabon after conceding a goal from Jim Alvinah with two minutes to go in a turbulent African Cup game on Friday, leaving the four-time continental champions in difficulty. Captain Andre Ayew led Ghana in lead with a powerful left in the 18 ‘, but the equalizer brought them a point in two Group C matches and are in danger of being eliminated from the tournament if they do not beat Comoros in the last match of Tuesday’s group. The tense match ended in scuffles and Ghanaian player Benjamin Tetteh was sent off for his role in the clashes post-match. Gabon could not rely on captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite his exit from isolation after contracting Covid-19, for not having obtained the approval of the African Union (CAF). “According to the CAF medical commission, it was not possible for Aubameyang, Axel Maye and Mario Lemina, who had just emerged from isolation, to participate in the match”, reads in a press release from the Gabonese federation. “THE test doctors showed heart problems and the CAF did not want to take any risks, “he added. Ghana, which won the last Nations Cup title 40 years ago, lost the opening match against Morocco and needed a victory today to control his own destiny in the race to qualify for the second round. The start was perfect when Ayew escaped his sergeant and fired a rocket in Goal in the 18th minute. Despite facing some threats from Gabon, Ghana were shocked when Alivinah equalized with a left-footed shot from a tight angle in the 88th minute. The meeting saw few occasions, many violent interventions and tense atmosphere between the two teams and continuous quarrels after the final whistle. The referee sent out Tetteh, who had already gone to the locker room after getting punched during the fight. Today, leaders Morocco defeated the Comoros to secure qualification for the round of 16. Gabon is second with four points, compared to one point for Ghana, while the Comoros balance remains empty. Gabon did not qualify, but four points could be enough to recover, with the top four third-placed players allowed to cross. (Reuters)