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Match facts ahead of Gabon v Ghana AFCON clash



At 19:00 GMT, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde Gabon faces Ghana as both sides go to their second match in Group C of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

While Gabon Leopards emerged 1-0 victorious over Comoros in their group opener, Ghana Black Stars conceded a defeat with the same score against Morocco. It will be a tough mission for both sides. 

Here are some points of interest ahead of the destiny-shaping clash for Ghana.

●      This will be the first encounter between Gabon and Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations.

●      Gabon are looking to win consecutive Africa Cup of Nations games for the first time since a run of three in January 2012.

●      Ghana have won just one of their last five group stage games at the Africa Cup of Nations (D2 L2), losing more in this run (2) than in their previous 12 such matches combined (W9 D2 L1).


●      After their 1-0 victory against Comoros, Gabon could keep clean sheets in their opening two matches at a single edition of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010 (W1 D1).

●      After scoring a 16th minute winner in his first ever Africa Cup of Nations match against Comoros, Aaron Boupendza is looking to become the third Gabon player to score more than once in a single edition of the competition, after Brice Mackaya in 1996 (2) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3 in 2012 and 2 in 2017).

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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