By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
Central Africans, Gabon defeat Comoros Islands 1 nil at the Yaounde Ahmadou Stadium on Monday January 10, 2022 to record a memorable start in the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Qatar based Al Arabi forward, Aaron Boupendza sent in the winner for the Panthers at the 16th minute of the game to hand Coach Patrice Neveu’s team maximum points on the bright night in Yaounde.
Monday’s win saw Gabon going top of Group C with three points and a goal despite similarity in points and goal tallies in the competition with the Atlas Lions of Morocco who launched Group C actions in the competition with a 1 nil win over the Black Stars of Ghana.
The Panthers victory despite Covid-19 threats that sidelined the team’s skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from the duel, mounts pressure on bottom placed Group C side Ghana.
The Black Stars will be facing the Panthers of Gabon in their second game of the competition on Friday January 14, 2022 with a do-or-die stake.
The four time AFCON winners will need at least a win against a Gabonese side who will also be out with plans of recording a win to book an early ticket to round of 16 of the prestigious AFCON 2021 competition in Cameroon.
A defeat or a draw for Team Captain Andre Ayew and mates against Gabon will put the West Africans in a dire need for a win in their last group game in the tournament against debutants.
The Coelacanths of Comoros Islands while hoping to qualify as one of four third placed sides as the Black Stars continue their chase for its first AFCON crown in 40 years, the team having last won the competition in 1982 in Libya
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Cameroon on Sunday January 9, 2022.
The tournament continues this Tuesday January 11 with Groups D and E games as Group D favorites, seven time record holders, Egypt step up against three time holders, the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.
Defending champions, the Desert Foxes of Algeria will be in action in Group E at the Japoma Stadium in Douala where they will be clashing with returnees, Sierra Leone while two time African champions Ivory Coast battles out with 2015 semifinalists, Equatorial Guinea.
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