Guinea face off with Gabon in France

Guinea face off with Gabon in France
Evouna Malick of Gabon (r) challenged by Nicolas Nkoulou of Cameroon during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Mar 23, 2017. 19:00

Guinea are scheduled to face off with Gabon in an international friendly match at the Stade Océane in Havre, France on Friday.

Kick-off is at 21h00 (CAT).

The National Elephants will return to action for the first time this year. In their last game, Guinea lost to DR Congo in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier last November.

Lappe Bangoura, the Guinea coach, named Naby Keita in his squad. The central midfielder has been a revelation for German club RB Leipzig this season.

The National Elephants, who will be participating in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and World Cup qualifiers later this year, are scheduled to face Cameroon in another friendly on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gabon's Panthers will play their first match since drawing with Cameroon in the 2017 AFCON group match in January 2017.

Jose Antonio Camacho, the Gabon coach, is expected to look to his captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is the German Bundesliga top goalscorer.

The Panthers are also using this friendly encounter to prepare for the upcoming 2019 AFCON and World Cup qualifiers.

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