AFCON Group C: Ghana in fisticuffs after playing 1-1draw with Gabon, Morocco slams Comoros 2-0.

Ghana was a bundle of disappointment on Friday in an AFCON Group C match where the country lost a one goal lead to end the match 1-1 with their neighbors Gabon at the Ahmadu Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon.

The Black Stars went into fisticuffs for which Gabon players had to defend themselves. It was so bad that security men had to form a ring to protect the match officials but the Ref drew his red card even after the last whistle looking for apparently a Ghanaian player, but off the players ran away like rats. The red card was given to Benjamin Tetteh. The Ref had awarded a Yellow to Ghana number 15 shirt, Joseph Paintsil during the hullabaloo.

The rise in tempers was unnecessary as Ghana had lost grip of the match. A shaky, disappointed former Captain, Asamoah Gyan admitted the fisticuffs was unnecessary as his country had lost concentration in a match they should have finished off in the first half. Assamoah who was a television commentator at the games had rushed to the Dressing room at half time to celebrate the grip at first half.

Disappointed Andre Ayew said after the match that the Ref was careless with handling the match as a Ghanaian player was on the tuff and the Black stars played the ball out only for the Ref to give the ball to Gabon to take advantage of them with the equalizer. A total of 7 yellow cards were dished out, four to Ghana, three to Gabon and a red card to Ghana.

Ghana Captain, Andre Ayew who has scored in six AFCON tournaments with three other players like Samuel Etoo, Assamoah Gyan and one other player, blasted home a powerful montage instep from a Thomas Partey assist in the 18th minute of play.

Ghana missed many scoring opportunities but Gabon fought back for substitute Jim Allebinah to score the equalizer 88th minute when the Ghanaian defense lost concentration as his shot rolled gingerly to the left side of the net.

Ghana had never lost in the second game of their last ten appearances in AFCON

Still in the Group C, Morocco missed a penalty through Youssef EnNesyri in the 83rd minute against debutant Comoros playing their second match ever in AFCON. Selim Amallah scored the first goal and Zakaria Aboukhlal made it two for Maroc.

That gives Morocco a flight into the last 16 with 6 points; Gabon with 4 points either makes it on their own or may be one of the lucky losers. Ghana has just a point with Comoros moving to the exist door having no point yet.

On Tuesday 18th January, the last match of the group will be decided at 2000 as Gabon in need of a draw plays Morocco and Ghana will appear in a permutation match against Comoros.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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