Hopes in the African Cup of Nations of Ghana are hanging in the balance after they dropped the lead and drew with Gabon, and the disappointment of the players was obvious.
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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey thought he had helped Ghana breathe new life into them African Cup of Nations campaign, only Gabon returned with a final tie that left his country’s hopes on the line.
And Ghana will be without Benjamin Tetteh for their last game when he was shown a red card substitute for throwing a punch after the full time whistle was blown, as things are warming up in Cameroon.
Partey helped for Andre Ayew ‘s opener, which arrived when the previous one West Ham The United striker collected a sharp pass from Arsenal and made room for himself before hitting the bottom corner from the edge of the pitch.
The scorer’s brother Jordan came close to doubling the lead in the second half, and Joseph Paintsil also had a chance to extend Ghana’s lead, but they had to make up for missed opportunities when Jim Allevinah equalized just two minutes to go.
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The result leaves Ghana’s hopes of qualifying on the line after Milovan Rajevec’s team lost 1-0 in the first match of the group against Morocco.
Morocco have now finished as they beat the Comoros in their second Group C match of the day, and Ghana will likely have to beat the debutants in the tournament to give themselves a chance to advance.
However, Gabon have already finished, despite the absence of Aubameyang and senior player Mario Lemine in the first two matches in the group.
Players from Ghana and Gabon gathered on the pitch after the last whistle in Yaounde, and the favorites were clearly disappointed that they failed to retain the lead.
Repeats are shown that Tetteh, who entered the pitch only as a replacement for the equalizer, struck in the direction of the attacker Gabon Aaron Boupendze.
Judge Lahlou Benbraham could not immediately locate the Ghanaian striker as the players dispersed, but confirmed that he had been fired for participating in the brawl.
The Gabonese Football Association has confirmed that it will not take risks because of Aubameyang, while Lemina and Axel Meye, who have only recently returned to training, have been released as a precaution after medical examinations.
The decision on their involvement in the Morocco game will have to be made before the January 18th session, with Ghana and the Comoros facing exclusion at the same time.
Four of the six third-place finishers will qualify for the last 16 of the competition, so Ghana and Gabon can still advance.