Ghana captain Andre Ayew dismissed Gabon as a “small team” as a controversial late equaliser noticed Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations conflict between the edges end 1-1 after title contenders Morocco secured their place within the final 16. Ayew’s fantastic early strike had the four-time champions on target to say their first win in Group C just for Jim Allevinah to blast in an outstanding 88th-minute equaliser that put Gabon on the point of the subsequent spherical however left Ghana’s hopes on a knife-edge. The Black Stars had been livid that Gabon scored after opting to not return the ball when Ghana put it out of play as midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh went down injured.
“It was very small of them, but then that is how it is with small teams,” Ayew stated.
“We put the ball out of play, and it is fair play in football to give the ball back. Had they done that they would not have scored. They didn’t have any chances.”
A shoving match broke out on the pitch at full-time and Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh was proven a crimson card.
It was a fantastic end result for Gabon who had been once more with out star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Mario Lemina.
The duo missed the crew’s opening win over the Comoros after testing constructive for Covid-19 and sat out this match after some residue from their an infection was detected of their detrimental check on the eve of the sport.
Ghana have only one level, with Gabon on 4 and Morocco on the utmost six from two matches after defeating event debutants the Comoros 2-0 earlier in the identical Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.
Selim Amallah gave the 1976 champions an early lead after which arrange substitute Zakaria Aboukhlal to seal the win a minute from time.
In between, Morocco had been commonly annoyed as Nayef Aguerd hit the underside of the crossbar with a header and Comoros goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina produced some heroic saves.
Boina, who performs in France’s novice regional fifth tier, produced a exceptional quadruple save on his line and saved out a late Youssef En-Nesyri penalty.
Morocco want only a draw in opposition to Gabon to complete as group winners whereas the Comoros, the Indian Ocean island nation, are nonetheless on the lookout for their first objective and level at their first ever Cup of Nations.
Goals have been few and much between all through the Cup of Nations to date, with simply 5 of the 18 matches performed that includes greater than a single objective.
After shedding the 2019 ultimate to Algeria, Senegal have excessive hopes of lastly successful a primary continental title in Cameroon however they wanted a 97th-minute Sadio Mane penalty to beat Zimbabwe 1-0 of their opening sport and on Friday they drew 0-0 with west African neighbours Guinea in Bafoussam.
As Mane got here up in opposition to his Liverpool team-mate Naby Keita, the drab draw within the capital of Cameroon’s West area left each side well-placed to qualify from Group B.
Senegal and Guinea sit on 4 factors whereas Malawi are simply behind them after coming from behind to triumph 2-1 in opposition to Zimbabwe.
Appearing at solely their third Cup of Nations, Malawi’s Flames claimed simply their second ever win on the finals and can go into their final sport in opposition to Senegal with an opportunity of constructing the knockout phases.
Ishmael Wadi headed Zimbabwe in entrance within the thirty eighth minute however Frank Mhango of Orlando Pirates shortly equalised after which scored the winner simply earlier than the hour mark.
While Malawi dream of reaching the knockout section for the primary time, Zimbabwe have did not win any of their final eight video games on the AFCON finals.
Warriors coach Norman Mapeza admitted their possibilities of making the final 16 had been slim, saying “our only hope is to qualify as a third-placed team and to do so we must beat a good Guinean team convincingly”.
There are simply two video games on Saturday, with Nigeria taking part in Sudan and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt, the report seven-time champions, taking part in Guinea-Bissau in Garoua in Group D.
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