Sudan, Gabon meet for final friendly

Sudan, Gabon meet for final friendly
Gabon and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

by BackPageTXT

Tuesday Aug 30, 2016. 12:30

Sudan and Gabon will meet in Khartoum on Friday evening for the final ‘centralised friendly’ in Group I of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Sudan’s official qualification matches are complete and they will not be heading to next year’s Nations Cup: they managed just one win from their four matches and are currently placed at the bottom of Group I.

Gabon – as hosts of the 2017 tournament – have obviously qualified, with their matches in Group I not counting toward the final standings.

The Panthers have shown mixed form in their friendly matches: at home they have been impressive, holding giants Ivory Coast to a goalless draw while also defeating Sudan (4-0) and Sierra Leone (2-1), but away they have suffered successive defeats in Freetown and Bouake.

The teams’ last meeting was in Franceville in September last year, with Gabon claiming an emphatic victory thanks to a brace from Malick Evouna and a goal apiece by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Samson Mbingui.

Gabon will also be using the match as preparation for the start of 2018 World Cup qualifiers early in October.

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