After a AFCON draw, Gabon and Ghana players SCRAP after Black Stars striker Benjamin Tetteh was sent off.
After full-time, the Africa Cup of Nations match between Gabon and Ghana descended into chaos, with Black Stars player Benjamin Tetteh receiving a red card for a wild punch.
After Andre Ayew’s sensational opener had given Ghana the lead, the two Group C rivals drew 1-1 in their second match of the tournament, with Jim Allevinah’s late equalizer rescuing a point for the Panthers.
At full-time, Ghana’s dissatisfaction was palpable, with the grievances erupting into a brawl between both sets of players.
Tetteh, a Black Stars substitute, was seen throwing his fists at Gabon’s Aaron Boupendza during the brawl.
The Panthers forward collapsed to the ground in pain, with VAR spotting Tetteh’s punch as it investigated the incident that occurred after the final whistle.
Tetteh had already disappeared down the tunnel back to the changing room when Algerian referee Lahlou Benbraham was told to brandish a red card at him.
Benbraham spoke to Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, who told him to bring ‘number 25’ back from the tunnel, with Tetteh receiving a red card as he emerged.
The result casts serious doubt on Ghana’s chances of reaching the AFCON knockout stages, with the Black Stars needing to beat Comoros to advance.
Due to suspension, they will be without substitute Tetth for the crucial third group game.
In the 91st minute, the 24-year-old striker was introduced to try and secure a victory.
Gabon, meanwhile, can start making plans for the later rounds because they are currently in second place with four points, which should be enough to get them into the knockout rounds even if they finish third.
The Panthers were able to accomplish this despite the fact that captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unable to play in the first two games due to coronavirus.
After testing positive for the virus earlier this month, the Arsenal striker missed the first match against Comoros and was not selected for this game because post-Covid checks revealed he had ‘cardiac lesions,’ so he was not risked.
In the first half, Ghana took the lead when captain Ayew intercepted Partey’s pass around 25 yards from goal, easily span his man before crashing a long-range shot past Gabo goalkeeper.
The Black Stars appeared to be content with a 1-0 win, but their plans were thwarted when Allevinah scored a left-footed goal as the…
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