Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecote will host Thursday’s football game between DR Congo and Gabon. The Leopards made it to the knockout stages at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but Jean-Florent Ikwanga Ibenge is no longer in charge of the Congolese national team. Christian Nsengi-Biembe’s troops are ready for new challenges, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.
Former Villarreal attacker Cedric Bakambu is likely to lead the line for the hosts. Gabon, on the other hand, aim to build on a splendid 3-2 win over Morocco in a friendly, but they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s qualifier as well. Since the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Cedric Bakambu):
Cedric Bakambu is considered one of the best African strikers. He was a French youth international and he played for les Tricolores at the 2010 UEFA U19 European Championship. France defeated Spain in the final of the tournament and that is regarded as Bakambu’s biggest success, speaking of his international career.
However, despite playing for France youth teams, Cedric Bakambu decided to represent DR Congo at senior level and he made his debut for the Congolese national team against Cameroon. He scored his first goal for DR Congo in a 2-1 win over Angola on 26 March, 2016. Speaking of his club career, the pacey attacker played for Sochaux from 2010 to 2014 and on 1 September, 2014 he moved to Bursaspor.
After scoring 13 goals in 27 league appearances for the Turkish outfit, Bakambu signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal on 19 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. The Congolese striker made his Villarreal debut on 23 August, 21015 in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.
Highlighted Team (Gabon):
Gabon made their international debut in April 1960, with the team participating in L’Amitie tournament and it has to be noted that les Pantheres (the Panthers) were beaten by Burkina Faso in their first match. The Gabonese national football team have yet to participate at the World Cup finals, but they did well to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on two occasions.
Les Pantheres were eliminated by Tunisia at the 1996 African Cup of Nations, while Mali proved to be a big catch for Gabon at the 2012 tournament. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is probably the most notable footballer who plays for Gabon and the Borussia Dortmund striker scored three goals for the national team at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, but he missed a penalty in the quarter-finals against Mali.
Gabon clinched the UNIFAC Cup title in 1999, while winning UDEAC Championship in 1985 and 1988. Stade Omar Bongo is considered Gabon’s home stadium.