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Gabon 1-1 Guinea Bissau: Player Ratings

Gabon had all the stars to kill off the game but a resilient Guinea-Bissau made sure the hosts worked up a sweat, forcing a share of points.

Also known as The Djurtus (African Wild Dog), Guinea Bissau started off their debut campaign on a high and even at one point, deserved to run off with the staked prize. Here is a player rating of the match opener.


Didier Janvier Ovono Ebang: 6/10. The 33-year-old KV Oostende goal keeper was on the brink of capping off a brilliant evening until Guinea’s Juary spoilt it for him.

Ecuele Manga: 4/10

Palun: 5/10, The Red Star player had been impressive but like Ebang, had his work ruined in the final minutes.

Johan Obiang: 4/10

Appinddangoye: 5/10. A huge influence, but his weariness became evident when Gabon conceded the last-gasp goal.

Tandjigora: 6/10. A rock in defense before getting subbed six minutes from time.

Didier Ndong: 7/10. Lived up to the billing like the giant he has always been for Sunderland.

Lemina: 4/10. One of Gabon’s star names but the Juventus ace had an anonymous outing prompting his substitution in the 73rd minute.

Dennis Bouanga: 7/10. One wonders whether his assist for Gabon’s goal was an intended pass or a cross nonetheless, it managed to nutmeg his marker and found Aubamayeng who made the simplest of tap-ins.

Aubamayeng: 8/10. He did his job of scoring to lift Gabon’s spirits but the team fell flat in the final minutes.

Evouna: 7/10.


Kanga: 4/10. Replaced Lemina in the second period.

Biyogo Poko: 4/10. Climbed off the bench six minutes from time but still did a decent job.

Aboue: 4/10. Replaced Evouna a minute from time.


Jonas Mendez: 6/10. Goal keeper

Juary: 9/10. A standout at the back in addition to his last-gasp goal.

Rudinilson Silva: 5/10.

Tomas Darbo: 6/10. Played the right-back role well.

Agostinho: 6/10. Got booked for an infringement in the 76th minute. That aside, he formed the core of Guinea’s defense.

Zinzho: 9/10. Was Guinea’s man-of-the-match. The Greece-based midfielder showed true quality and justified why gaffer Baciro Cande, gave him the arm-band. A headache to Gabon throughout the game, he assisted in Bissau’s equalizing goal, sending in a delectable free-kick that Juary headed into the net.

Toni Silva: 8/10. Another Levadiakos FC player, he had a lit up night.

Francisco Junior: 6/10.

Nani: 8/10. Was a thorn to Gabon’s back-four.


Jao Mario: 4/10.


Piqueti: 9/10. Replaced Mario in the second period and got right to business. 7/10.

Frederic Mendy: 5/10.

Aldair: 5/10.




Featured photo: Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts as he walks off the pitch after the final whistle. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

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