Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign is in jeopardy after the four-time champions conceded a late equalizer against Gabon to draw 1-1 in Group C.
Ghana captain Andre Ayew fired a superb left-footed shot for an 18th-minute lead but Jim Allevinah equalized two minutes from time to save Gabon’s draw as they were without captain Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang due to a minor heart condition.
A fiery encounter ended in scuffles and a red card for Ghanaian Benjamin Tetteh for his role in the post-match brawl.
The draw leaves Ghana with one point from two Group C games and in danger of elimination if they do not win their last game against Comoros on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Gabon are second in the group with four points and need just one point from their last game against league leaders Morocco on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stages.
Gabon’s Aubameyang ruled out with minor heart condition
Aubameyang has been left out of Gabon’s squad to face Ghana due to a minor heart problem.
The Arsenal striker tested positive for coronavirus when he arrived in Cameroon last week but later posted on social media to say he had made a full recovery.
However, Gabon have announced that Aubameyang, along with teammates Mario Lemina and Axel Meye, have all been sidelined with ‘heart damage’.
Arsenal are believed to be confident that Aubameyang’s condition is not serious.
They have also been in contact with the 32-year-old, who is feeling well and has been training for the past two days.
The Gabonese Football Federation said in a statement: “According to CAF [Confederation of African Footbal] medical commission, the players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, barely out of the Covid, cannot take part in this match.
“An examination showed heart damage, and CAF did not want to take any risks.”
What future for Ghana and Gabon?
Ghana face Comoros in their final group game, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7 p.m. Tuesday, as Gabon face Morocco at the same time, live on Sky Sports Football.
Sky Sports will broadcast AFCON live
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be shown live on Sky Sports in January and February.
The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports broadcasting all 52 matches live.