CAN: Gabon snatch a draw, Ghana shouts at the unsportsmanlike “small team”

Gabon logically equalized in the last minutes against Ghana (1-1), but André Ayew called them a “small team” for having lacked fair play on Friday in Yaoundé at the African Cup.

“It’s very small on their part, but that’s how it is with small teams”, cursed Ayew, his face closed at a press conference.

Author of the opener (18e), the captain disputes the fact that the “Panthers” played a ball put into touch by Baba Rahman, because Daniel-Koffi Kyereh was on the ground. And it was on this action that Jim Allevinah equalized (88e).

The Ghanaian delegation was mad with rage against this goal. “Dédé” Ayew was furious, his brother Jordan too.

At the end of the match a fight even broke out in the center of the field.

“You are not going to not blame me for the lack of fair play, it’s not possible!” thundered Patrice Neveu, the coach of Gabon.

Ghana “has lacked fair play until this moment”, has “not stopped breaking the game” and “their goalkeeper goal saved a lot of time, he was even warned for that”, he added.

– “Fair play is to return the ball” –

“We are the ones who put the ball in touch, the fair play of football is to return the ball, otherwise they do not score. They had no chance”, enraged Ayew .

Anger misleads the captain of the Black Stars, the Panthers pushed the whole second half, and Jim Allevinah (59e) and Aaron Boupendza (62e, 85e) had goal balls.

The Ghanaians may regret having been content to defend in the second half.

They had scored a nice goal, where “Dédé”, ex-Marseille star did everything alone: ​​oriented control to turn around Anthony Oyono and hit close to the post.

The Panthers also have merit, el were still playing them without their two stars, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, for some Covid residues detected when they had passed a negative test the day before.

Patrice Neveu, the French coach of the Gabon, was also deprived of two holders in defense, Sidney Obissa and Lloyd Palun, but also of Gilchrist Nguéma, Patrice Neveu, released, him, by a negative Covid test the morning of the match, had to recompose a defense, with three elements.

His players were able to celebrate with their corner of supporters this point which almost guarantees them a place in the round of 16, at worst among the best third.

The goal contested came from a crossfire from Allevinah, who set the stage at the Amadou Ahidjo omnisports stadium, a little full this time (7.042 spectators) thanks to the Gabonese colony, a neighboring country Cameroon.

During this time, the Ghanaians cringed.

“We will swallow the pill, we will make sure to win the next mat ch, and we hope that the 4 points will be enough for us to move on to the next round”, concluded André Ayew.