LIVE UPDATES: Gabon 1-1 Ghana – 2021 AFCON

Published on: 14 January 2022

Good evening and welcome to the live text commentary of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between Ghana and Gabon.

Ghana last Monday opened the campaign of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament with a game against Morocco.

At the end of what was a clash in Group C, Ghana suffered a 1-0 defeat to the opponent and now needs to win the second match of the group.

With that setback, there is pressure on the Black Stars to win their second match of the group stage to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.

Ahead of that game against Gabon this evening, Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac has named a strong starting eleven to do battle for the Black Stars.

Goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott keeps his place in the first eleven with a defensive back four that includes Baba Rahman as well as Daniel Amartey.

Thomas Partey is deployed in midfield with Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew also starting up front.

Check out Ghana’s starting eleven to face Gabon below:

The opponent, Gabon are boosted with the return of experienced midfielder Mario Lemina and dangerous striker Pierre Emerick-Aubamenyang.

Unfortunately, the Arsenal hitman is not starting for Gabon due to some issues relating to fitness.

Below is the Ghana and Gabon official lineups as announced by CAF.

Kick off: All is set for kick-off with both teams completing their warm-up.

First Half:

1' It is game on as Gabon kicks us off for this evening's Group C game to wrap up the day.

2' Gabon with a chance as Gabon swings in a dangerous cross. Strong Daniel Amartey is there to clear the danger with a powerful header.

4' Ghana are yet to settle in this game but one thing has been clear. Unlike the first game against Morocco, the Black Stars are looking to build from the back despite being under pressure.

6' Gabon have been the better side inside the first five minutes. An intense game we are witnessing here. It remains goalless.

8' Long ball for Daniel-Kofi Kyereh to chase. He manages to win the foot race but the flag goes up for offside.

10' Battles after battles. This could be difficult to decide after 90 minutes as both teams appear determined to fight for every ball.

12' Teenager Kamaldeen Sulemana wins multiple fouls for Ghana in the last two minutes. The match is gradually finding the right tempo.

14' Good pressure from Ghana almost results in a goal but the defense of Gabon averts the danger. The action has started in the half of the Black Stars.

15' Daniel-Kofi Kyereh with some sleek touches, tries his effort from distance but fails to hit the target.

18' Goalll!!!!! Andre Ayew turns his marker and from way out unleashes an unstoppable shot. Gabon 0-1 Ghana.

20' Ghana calm play after taking the lead. The Stars need to win this game at all costs.

22' Gabon try to attack by defender Alexander Djiku cleans up nicely.

24' First yellow card of the game goes to Gabon captain Manga. That was a dangerous foul on Black Stars captain Andre Ayew.

26' Ghana attacks with a fine piece of play but the cut-back cross lacks accuracy.

28' Daniel Amartey is done in pain. He headed clear a ferocious cross and is now feeling the pain in his head. Soldier on Amartey!! He is fine and game resumes.

30' Calm piece of play from goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott and the Ghanaian defense. An attack is initiated but Gabon regains possession.

32' Jordan Ayew has won a free-kick for Ghana in the half of the Black Stars. The Crystal Palace striker has been phenomenal for Ghana since the start of the game.

35' We are 10 minutes away from the break. Gabon 0-1 Ghana.

36' Thomas Partey is shown a yellow car after a tackle from behind offense.

39' The tempo of the game has reduced in the last couple of minutes. Ghana remains the side dictating play though.

40' Five minutes to play in this action-packed first half. Free kick to Gabon.

41' Bouyanga takes but Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott is alert and saves with ease.

42' Baba Iddrisu falls to the turf in agony after a hard tackle. He appears to be in pain but after a few minutes, he is okay to continue.

45' There will be just a minute of injury time,

Halftime: The referee whistles to bring the first half to a close. Ghana leads through that stunning effort from Andre Ayew.

We are back after 15 minutes with coverage of the second half action.

Second Half:

46' The game has reduced for the second half. Gabon with an early attack but Alexander Djiku intercepts a dangerous cross with a header to give the opponent a corner.

47' The corner is taken but Manga's effort goes over the bar.

50' More action in this second half has Ghana struggling to keep hold of possession. Gabon looks the better side in control of proceedings.

52' Good defensively play from Daniel Amartey to win possession for Ghana. Kamaldeen Suleman is put through and takes on defenders before he is fouled. Free kick to Ghana.

55' Gabon comes forward again, this time with Obiang in possession, he tries a shot but Andy Yiadom throws his body to make a block.

58' Gabon almost scores but goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott makes a superb save. The scoreline stays the same.

60' Smooth Ghana play from the back is halted only after Andre Ayew is fouled. Meanwhile, there is a first Ghana change with Kamaldeen Sulemana making way for midfielder Edmund Addo.

62' Gabon with the best chance in the second half. Djiku stretches to make a timely interception before Baba Rahman heads to safety an Obian powerful drive.

63' Gabon 0-1 Gabon.

64' Baba Iddrisu picks up an injury and needs to be substituted. Coach Milovan Rajevac looks to his bench and calls on Joseph Paintsil.

67' A promising Ghana attack is stopped as Andre Ayew is unable to stay on the ball.

68' Game is halted for Alexander Djiku to receive treatment. He looks okay and the game resumes.

70' A long ranger effort from Panga looks dangerous. It sails straight into the waiting arms of Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott who was alert in post.

73' Appeals in the Ghana penalty area from Gabon playings seeking a penalty. The referee whistles but the decision go Ghana's way.

75' Corner kick for Ghana. A good cross comes in, no wait, there is an infringement so the referee gives Gabon a foul.

78' A quick breakaway by Ghana sees Joseph Paintsil try to play the one-two with Andre Ayew. The Black Stars captain decides to hold onto possession. He is fouled and Ghana wins a free kick in a dangerous position.

79' Jordan Ayew takes the kick but his daring effort is unable to dip in time. It will be a Gabon goal kick.

80' Ghana are 10 minutes away from a first win at the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

82' Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott is shown a yellow card for time-wasting.

84' Alexander Djiku shows impressive strength to win possession back for Ghana.  We are into the last five matches of this match.

86' Ghana prepares another substitution. It will be striker Benjamin Tetteh who will be coming on.

88' Gabon equalize out of nowhere to restore parity. This is a big setback for Ghana.

90' The full 90 minutes have been exhausted. Ghana needs a miracle now.

Full Time:

Ghana fails to win for the second game at the 2021 AFCON.

That will be all from this coverage of the match between Ghana and Gabon.