Former Ghana international and one of the analysts at the ongoing Nations Cup in Cameroon Asamoah Gyan, expects his Black Stars brothers to go all out today against Panthers of Gabon.
Gyan remained hopeful that the Black Stars would win their first match against Morocco but that was not to be as the North African ran away with a lone goal win in the opener. Today’s second match he expects should be a turn around for the Black stars.
This will be the first encounter between the sides since 2011, when the Black Stars claimed a 2-1 victory, and they will be desperate for a repeat of the same as more dropped points will be a huge blow to their qualification chances.
Gabon got their Africa Cup of Nations off to a brilliant note claiming a hard-earned 1-0 victory over debutants Comoros last Monday.
In the absence of star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Les Pantheres took the lead shortly after the quarter-hour mark through Aaron-Salem Boupendza before putting on a solid defensive performance to see out the win.
This was a first victory in three games across all competitions for Patrice Neveu’s men, who were beaten 2-1 by Egypt in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers on November 16 before playing out a 1-1 draw with Mauritania in a friendly fixture two Tuesdays ago.
Following the result, Gabon currently sit top of Group C, level on points with Morocco, who saw off Ghana 1-0 in their group opener, and victory here will almost certainly confirm their place in the knockout stages.
However, they go up against an opposing side who they have lost against in each of the last two meetings between the sides, with their most recent defeat coming back in 2011 when they were beaten 2-1 in a friendly fixture. A lot will be on the shoulders of Captain Andre Ayew as he attempts to get his side turn the table.