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Player Spotlight: Mario Lemina – Gabon star could start against Manchester City – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Player Spotlight: Mario Lemina - Gabon star could start against Manchester City

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellani (L) and Southampton’s Mario Lemina in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Britain, 23 September 2017.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 16:00


The highly-rated central midfielder made his first competitive appearance for his club Southampton in just over month on Sunday.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino introduced Lemina with 12 minutes left as the Saints beat Everton 4-1 in an English Premier League game at home.

The Gabonese international has recovered well from an ankle injury which he sustained after facing West Bromwich Albion in a league game on the 21st of October 2017.

Lemina has been one of the Saints’ best players this season having joined the club from Italian Serie A giants Juventus prior to the current campaign.

The Saints provided an injury update ahead of their away league game with high-flying Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

A club statement read: “Mauricio Pellegrino has no injury concerns for his team’s Premier League trip to Manchester City, with long-term absentee Matt Targett the only player set to skip Wednesday’s encounter.

“The Argentine has practically a full squad to choose from at the Etihad Stadium, with Mario Lemina having made his first appearance in just over month from the substitute’s bench against Everton on Sunday.

“Lemina completed the final 12 minutes of Southampton’s comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Toffees, his first sight of action since the home meeting with West Bromwich Albion on 21 October.

“Saints’ midfield options are set to be boosted further by the return of Oriol Romeu after a one-match suspension.”

Lemina, 24, has made eight league appearances for Southampton this season.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mario Lemina – Fingers crossed for Gabon midfield maestro’s return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mario Lemina - Fingers crossed for Gabon midfield maestro's return

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellani (L) and Southampton’s Mario Lemina in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Britain, 23 September 2017.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 16:00


English Premier League (EPL) side Southampton FC have solely missed the 24-year-old central midfielder, who is currently out nursing an ankle injury.

Mauricio Pellegrini, the Southampton manager, recently announced that Gabon international Lemina would miss their league clash with Liverpool FC.

Most Saints fans were left disappointed and the team went on to suffer a 3-0 defeat to the Reds at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday.

However, Pellegrini did state that Lemina, who has impressed at Southampton after joining the club from Italian giants Juventus, had shown positive progress in his recovery.

Daily Echo, which is one of the leading publications in the city of Southampton, have indicated that the club will be hoping that Lemina makes his return against Everton on Sunday.

“Oriol Romeu will miss Saints’ game against Everton after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the defeat at Liverpool.

“The combative midfielder will serve his one match suspension for the visit of the Toffees to St Mary’s.

“The club will be hoping that Mario Lemina can take his place in the side as he closes in on a return following an ankle injury,” a statement read.

Southampton will host Everton in a league encounter at the St Mary’s Stadium.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund drop Gabon ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund drop Gabon ace

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 13:00


Borussia Dortmund have dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their squad for this weekend’s game against Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, the club confirmed.

The 28-year-old axed from the traveling party due to “disciplinary reasons.”

Aubameyang has scored 15 goals in 17 appearances across all competitions this season – 10 of this coming in the league – but he will play no part in this weekend’s encounter due to a breach of discipline.

DORTMUND’S AUBAMEYANG PROMISES TO RECOVER HIS SCORING FORM

The Gabon international was suspended by the club last November, having embarked on a trip to Milan against club orders. The exact reason for his axing this time around is not yet clear.

The news will come as a double blow for Aubameyang who was eager to end his scoring drought having failed to find the back of the net in five consecutive matches.

Dortmund failed to win any of said matches as they now try to bring an end to a slump in form. The Black and Yellows started the season like a house on fire, but have since dropped to third place on the log standings.

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CAF bans Gabon and Djibouti in CHAN qualifiers

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 17:00


The Confederation of African Football has banned Gabon and Djibouti from participating in the qualifiers for the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship.

CAF’s decision comes after both nations withdrew from the 2018 qualifying campaign despite starting the qualifying campaign – the move was announced in a CAF meeting in Morocco.

This year’s edition will be staged in Morocco and the announcement was made ahead of the draw for the tournament on November 17.

“Any association declaring forfeit after the start of the matches is liable to a fine of US$10,000. It will also not be allowed to participate in the next edition of the CHAN,” reads a statement from CAF.

Gabon was scheduled to face Equatorial Guinea in August, but withdrew just a few days prior to the game and that has irked the football governing body.

On the other hand, in July Djibouti played the first leg of their qualifier against Ethiopia before they chose not to travel for the second leg.

That led to CAF imposing a further sanction of US$10,000 on the Djibouti Football Federation which they must pay as compensation to their Ethiopian counterparts.

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Botswana’s Zebras land safely in Gabon

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Tumisang Orebonye of Botswana challenged by Mothobi Mvala of South Africa during 2018 Chan Qualifiers game between South Africa and Botswana at Moruleng Stadium on 22 July 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 14:00


Botswana’s senior national team, the Zebras have arrived in Gabon ahead of their international friendly match with the Panthers.

The encounter is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville which is one of the largest cities in Gabon.

The Panthers are coming off a goalless stalemate with Mali in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which was played in Franceville on Saturday.

The Group C match was deemed a dead rubber as both teams had already been eliminated from World Cup contention.

Kick-off between Gabon and Botswana is at 16h00 CAT.

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Watch Botswana train ahead of Gabon friendly

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Kabelo Seakanyeng of Botswana challenged by Riyaad Norodien of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:00


Botswana’s senior national team are busy preparing for their upcoming match against Gabon.

The international friendly match scheduled to take place in the capital city of Gabon, Libreville next week Tuesday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana secured a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in a friendly match at home two months ago.

However, Namibia defeated the Zebras 3-1 in another friendly game which was played in Windhoek last month.

Before facing Botswana, Gabon will take on Mali in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which will be played on Saturday.

The Panthers of Gabon, who have already failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, will host Mali in Franceville.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s official Facebook page posted a video of the Zebras players training ahead their clash with Gabon:

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Watch Botswana train ahead of Gabon friendly

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Kabelo Seakanyeng of Botswana challenged by Riyaad Norodien of South Africa during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Botswana and South Africa at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 17:00


Botswana’s senior national team are busy preparing for their upcoming match against Gabon.

The international friendly match scheduled to take place in the capital city of Gabon, Libreville next week Tuesday.

Nicknamed the Zebras, Botswana secured a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in a friendly match at home two months ago.

However, Namibia defeated the Zebras 3-1 in another friendly game which was played in Windhoek last month.

Before facing Botswana, Gabon will take on Mali in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which will be played on Saturday.

The Panthers of Gabon, who have already failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, will host Mali in Franceville.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s official Facebook page posted a video of the Zebras players training ahead their clash with Gabon:


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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mario Lemina – Gabon star to miss World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Manchester United’s Marouane Fellani (L) and Southampton’s Mario Lemina in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Britain, 23 September 2017.

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 16:00


The Gabonese international, who is currently out nursing an injured, looks set to miss Gabon’s last 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Nicknamed the Panthers, Gabon have already failed to qualify for next year’s finals after after recording one win, two draws and two defeats in Group C.

Lemina has missed his club, Southampton FC’s last two English Premier League (EPL) matches due to an ankle injury.

According to Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the 24-year-old midfielder will only start training after the current FIFA international break.

“Mario continues his treatment,” Pellegrino was quoted on Sky Sports as saying.

“I would expect after the international break maybe Mario can train with the team.”

Lemina has been a regular during Gabon’s qualifying campaign having featured in all of their five Group C matches.

The match between Gabon and Mali will take place at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville on Saturday, 11 November 2017.

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Bright announces Botswana squad for Gabon friendly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Friday Nov 03, 2017. 14:00


Botswana head coach Major David Bright has announced the Zebras squad for the upcoming match against Gabon.

The Zebras are scheduled to take on Gabon’s Panthers in an international friendly match in Libreville on the 14th of November 2017.

The squad which is dominated by players, who ply their trade in the BTC Premiership will report to camp on Sunday 05th November 2017.

Platinum Stars forward Thabang Sesinyi and Baroka FC midfielder Mpho Kgaswane are the two foreign-based players, who have been called up by Bright.

Gabon is ranked 92nd on the latest FIFA ranking, while the Zebras are ranked 147th in the world.

Township Rollers defender Simisani Mathumo is expected to captain Botswana against Gabon.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

1. Kabelo Dambe, Township Rollers

2. Mwampule Masule, Township Rollers

3. Michael James, BDF XI

Defenders

4. Edwin Olerile, Township Rollers

5. Simisani Mathumo, Township Rollers

6. Tebogo Sosome, Galaxy

7. Mmoloki Kebalepile, Extension Gunners

8. KelapileTerata, BDF XI

9. Katlego Masole, Police XI

10. Tapiwa Gadibolaye, Police XI

11. Mosha Gaolaolwe, Township Rollers

Midfielders

12. Lesego Galenamotlhale, Mochudi Centre Chiefs

13. Maano Ditshupo, Township Rollers

14. Mpho Kgaswane, Baroka FC

15. Kobamelo Kebaikanye, Orapa United

16. Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Gaborone United

17. Thabang Sesinyi, Platinum Stars

18. Segolame Boy, Township Rollers

19. Keagile Kobe, BDF XI

20. Motsholetsi Sikele, Township Rollers

21. Edwin Moalosi, Township Rollers

22. Alphonso Modisaotsile, Gaborone United

Striker

23. Tebogo Sembowa, Galaxy

24. Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Township Rollers

25. Boipelo Oaitse, Gaborone United

26. Tumisang Orebonye, Gaborone United

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Sessegnon to lead Benin against Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Sessegnon to lead Benin against Gabon

Benin’s Stephane Sessegnon

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 10:00


Benin are scheduled to face off with Gabon in an international friendly match in Europe on Tuesday.

The Squirrels, who were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) second round two years ago, were not in action over the weekend.

They will take on a Gabon side which suffered a 3-0 defeat to Morocco in the World Cup Qualification third round match in Casablanca on Saturday.

Oumar Tchomogo, the Benin coach, is using the match against Gabon as preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Togo which will be played next March.

Tchomogo named a strong squad for the encounter which will be played at the Stade D’Honneur Mallemort in Mallemort, France. Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

Benin’s Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fabien Farnolle (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Saturnin Allagbe (Niort, France)

Defenders: Khaled Adénon (Amiens, France), Cédric Hountondji (Gazélec Ajaccio, France), David Kiki (Brest, France), Rodrigue Fassinou (Aspac, Benin), Moses Adilehou (Levadiakos, Greece)

Midfielders: Jordan Adéoti (France), Djiman Koukou (Lens, France), Stéphane Sessegnon (Montpellier, France), Mama Seibou (Aspac, Benin), Charbel Gomez Djigla (Niort, France), Jodel Dossou (Austria Lustenau, Austria)

Forwards: Mickaël Poté (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus), Marcelin Koukpo (Buffalo Parakou, Benin), Christian Kotchoni (Athletic Youth Cotonou, Benin)

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Khalid Boutaib hat-trick shoots down Gabon dreams – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Khalid Boutaib hat-trick shoots down Gabon dreams

Morocco celebrate after scoring

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Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 00:26


A hat-trick from Khalid Boutaib ended Gabon’s dreams of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia after losing 3-0 to Morocco in a Group C qualifier at the Stade Mohammed V on Saturday night.

The loss means Gabon, along with Mali who drew 0-0 with Cote d’Ivoire on Friday night, are unable to qualify for the showpiece next year.

The win, however, for Morocco sees them up to nine points in Group C, one above second placed Cote d’Ivoire.

Gabon are third in the group with five points and Mali are last with three points.

In Casablanca on Saturday night, a superb individual performance from Khalid Boutaib saw him net a hat-trick as Morocco cruised to only their second win in the group.

The match itself started a little slowly with neither side creating any significant goal scoring chances in the opening half hour.

The deadlock was broken in the 38th minute when a clinical finish from Khalid Boutaib gave the home side the lead, 1-0.

Ten minutes into the second half Morocco doubled their lead when Khalid Boutaib found his second goal with a neat finish, 2-0.

The icing on the cake was Khalid Boutaib’s third goal in the 72nd minute which handed Morocco a comfortable 3-0 win.

Morocco will now face Cote d’Ivoire in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier in November with the winner of that match heading to the showpiece in Russia.

Gabon will take on Mali in a dead rubber, but pride will be on the line for both nations.

Morocco (1) 3 (Khalid Boutaib 38’, 55’ + 72’)

Gabon (0) 0

Teams

Morocco: Munir, Amrabat (Harit 90’), Belhanda, Benatia (Banoun 81’), Boussoufa, Boutaib (Bouhaddouz 81’), Dirar, El Ahmadi, Hakimi, Saiss, Ziyech.

Gabon: Bitseki, Aubameyang, Bouanga (Nzembi 85’), Ecuele, Lemina, Meye Me Ndong, Ndong, Nzambe, Appindangoye, Tandjigora, Wachter.

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Morocco out to demolish Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Nabil Dirar of Morocco evades tackle from Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football Quarter Final match between Egypt and Morocco at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 14:00


Morocco will be gunning for a victory at home as they welcome Gabon for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Fresh from a 6-0 win and a 0-0 draw against the Eagles of Mali last month, the hosts will want to claim a convincing win.

The Lions of Atlas are favourites to book a spot in Russia next year and winning their matches at home is seen as a step towards that mission.

Coach Herve Renard’s men sit at number two in the Group C with six points from one win and three draws, but will be motivated at home.

Looking at the Panthers, Gabon occupy the third spot with five points with two draws, one loss and one win.

Although they failed to bag a win at home in the first match last year, the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations hosts will be under pressure to secure a win.

A win for them will see them up to eight points and topple their hosts, but Morocco will have nine points if they win.

The World Cup Qualifier will be staged on Saturday at the Stade Mohammed V at 21:00 (CAT).

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‘No more disagreements’ between Aubameyang and Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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‘No more disagreements’ between Aubameyang and Gabon

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 20:00


There will be “no more disagreements” between Pierre-Emerick There will be “no more disagreements” between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Gabon FA, according to the striker.
and the Gabon FA, according to the striker.

The Borussia Dortmund attacker missed the Panthers’ back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Ivory Coast in the last international window.

It was speculated that the player’s disappointment at being unable to move before the end of the transfer window in September prompted his stay-away from the national team.

However, the prolific goal scorer will be back to boost Gabon when they face Morocco in Casablanca on Sunday night for their penultimate Group C clash.

“I was clear with the federation and the coach, that it wasn’t the moment for me,” Aubameyang told Canal+ Afrique when questioned about his absence for the double-header against the Elephants.

“I was in a difficult place mentally, and then there was the transfer market.

“However, I am going to return to the squad for the next match. There will be no more disagreements about it,” he added.

Gabon still have an outside chance of qualifying for Russia 2018, as they sit just two points adrift of leaders Morocco with two rounds still to play.

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Gervinho: We needed to be patient to beat Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 13:00


Ivory Coast needed to show patience in their 3-0 win over Gabon this past weekend, according to veteran attacker and captain Gervinho.

The Elephants claimed a comfortable win in Libreville to take a step closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Marc Wilmots’ side had to wait until eight minutes into the second half to break the deadlock through Max Gradel, before a late brace from Seydou Doumbia secured the three points.

“We had a very good first period. We just missed goals and we stayed patient until they arrived,” explained Gervinho in the wake of the win.

“We are a team that plays football, and we need a lot of space. As soon as there was the first goal, everything was settled.

“We took pleasure offensively, we defended together. That was the most important thing.

“After that there was no fear in attack, because we have many qualities at this level.”

Gervinho is set to lead the Elephants again when they host Gabon for the return match in Bouake on Tuesday evening.

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Gabon fire blanks against Cote d’Ivoire – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Gabon fire blanks against Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire winger Max Gradel

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 20:19


Gabon lost their third Group C match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 3-0 to Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday at Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville.

In the wake of the loss, the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations hosts are now sitting at number three with two points from two draws in their campaign thus far.

For the visitors, two goals from Seydou Doumbia and one courtesy of Max Gradel allowed them to walk away with the full three points.

Both sides started on a low note, but it was the visitors who had a great opportunity through Salomon Kalou, though his effort went inches past the post when he struck from a good position in the 15th minute.

The Elephants pushed to find an early goal, but defender Eric Bailly fired his shot over the crossbar as they had a better chance to grab the lead.

The hosts responded through Denis Bouanga in the 30th minute as he unleashed a shot from an acute angle, but his effort went wide on the right and goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo parried narrowly wide.

With 10 minutes towards the end of the first half, Gabonnese shot stopper Yves Bitseki was forced to produce a fine save as he denied Kalou’s header.

It was 0-0 at half time.

Just after their return from the interval, Gradel found the back of the net after turning his marker inside out in the box before firing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.

With less than 25 minutes to go, the Panthers nearly found an equaliser through substitute Malick Evouna as he rattled the crossbar, but the referee called for a foul after he pulled down Bailly.

In the 70th minute, the Ivorians kept pushing for the second goal, but it was Bitseki who kept the hosts in the game after denying a well struck shot by Gervinho before a rebound fell for Kalou and Seydou Doumbia.

Coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s men did not give up when Denis Bouanga saw his shot going over the woodwork after a poorly cleared cross broke to him at the edge of the box, only to hammer it over in the 76th minute.

However, a minute later, Doumbia made it 2-0 for the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations winners when he received a fine pass from Gervinho and the forward took a single touch before lifting the ball superbly over the advancing Bitseki.

Although the visitors were home and dry with a 2-0 lead, Doumbia completed his brace when he netted in the 83rd minute following a delivery by Gervinho.

In the end, the hard-fought win sees coach Marc Wilmots’ troops remaining at number one with seven points from two wins and one draw so far.

However, the two continental giants are set to meet for the return leg in Bouake on Tuesday and the 2017 AFCON hosts will want to avenge this defeat.

Gabon 0

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 3 (Gradel 53′, Doumbia 77′, 83′)

Gabon: Bitseki, Manga, Palun, Obiang, Appindangoye, Tandjigora, Lemina, Kanga (Bingui 70′), Bouanga, Ameka (Evouna 59′), Boupendza (Assoumou 86′)

Cote d’Ivoire: Gbohouo, Traoré, Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Kalou (Assale 74′), Seri (Sanogo 79′), Kessié, Doumbia (Boli 89′), Gervinho, Gradel

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Ivory Coast coach Wilmots wary of Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 14:30


Ivory Coast head coach Marc Wilmots says he respects Gabon even without their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Borussia Dortmund forward was left out of the Gabon squad that will face Ivory Coast in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifiers.

The Panthers of Gabon will host Ivory Coast’s Elephants at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville on Saturday.

”Our goal is to make a good match with a good result,” Wilmots said on NPA News.

“I watched the last game of Gabon against Mali, without Aubameyang.

The return leg match will be played at the Stade Bouake in Bouake, Ivory Coast next week Tuesday.

“It’s a good team that kept the Malians high. With or without Aubameyang,” the Belgian tactician added.

“We respect Gabon. And then, I also have absentees.”

Ivory Coast will be without injured duo Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodja.

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Gabon eyeing first Group C win over African giants Cote d’Ivoire – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Gabon eyeing first Group C win over African giants Cote d'Ivoire

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Gabon.

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 13:00


Gabon will be chasing their first win in Group C in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.

The Panthers occupy the second spot in the group with two points from as many draws.

Fresh from two goalless draws against Mali and Morocco, the hosts will want a win to ease their concerns.

Coach Jose Antonio Camacho will be the man expected to lead the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations hosts to their first ever appearance at the World Cup.

Should they win, Gabon will claim the number one spot with five points from three matches.

Looking at the Elephants, they will also be gunning for a win as they want to consolidate their pole position in Group C.

The 2015 AFCON champions are fresh from a 0-0 draw against Morocco, but opened their campaign with a win over the Eagles of Mali.

A victory for coach Marc Wilmots’ side means they will remain at the top of Group C with seven points.

This encounter will be staged at the Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville, getting underway at 18:00 (CAT).

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Gabon withdraw, Equatorial Guinea qualify for Kenya 2018

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 21:15


Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the 2018 African Nations Championship finals on a walkover after their opponents Gabon withdrew.

The teams were set to meet in a Central Zone qualifying tie, with the first leg in Malabo on Saturday evening and the return pencilled in for Libreville next weekend.

However, the Panthers have withdrawn for as yet unspecified reasons, allowing the National Thunder to progress directly into the CHAN finals.

They join hosts Kenya and a further 14 qualifiers in the 16-team field, with the tournament set to be held from January 11 to February 2 next year.

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Equatorial Guinea host Gabon in Malabo

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Equatorial Guinea host Gabon in Malabo

Lloyd Palun of Gabon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 14:30


Central African neighbours Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will go head-to-head in 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers this month with the first leg to take place at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

Nzalang Nacional have yet to qualify for a CHAN showpiece, but will fancy their chances with the victor over two-legs sealing their place at next year’s tournament to be hosted in Kenya.

The Panthers on the other hand have participated in three previous CHAN tournaments with their best showing coming in in 2014 as they reached the quarterfinals in South Africa.

In terms of the latest FIFA World Rankings, Equatorial Guinea occupy 116th place while Gabon sit in 88th spot.

The two nations have gone head-to-head on 11 previous occasions with Gabon claiming six wins compared to two for their opponents.

The second-leg will take place in Libreville next week.

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