Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Gabon have been producing excellent performances of late, with the team beating Burkina Faso and Morocco in October friendlies. The Panthers are high on confidence ahead of Sunday’s qualifier against Angola, and they are definitely capable of matching the Palancas Negras in Franceville. A man to watch in the home team will be Saint-Etienne attacker Denis Bouanga, who has netted five goals in the Ligue 1 so far this season.
Angola, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 3-1 home loss to Gambia in the opening match of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The Palancas Negras head into Sunday’s clash with the lack of confidence, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Gabon’s party at Stade de Franceville. In their last meeting in Gabon the hosts emerged triumphant, beating Angola 1-0 in Libreville.
Highlighted Player (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang):
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the most famous Gabonese player and he is the first footballer from Gabon to appear in Bundesliga. Aubameyang played for the likes of Dijon, Lille, Monaco and St. Etienne in the past before joining Borussia Dortmund on July, 2013. The pacey attacker signed a five-year contract with the Millionaires and he has been producing outstanding performances with the Signal-Iduna-Park outfit ever since.
Aubameyang impressed in the 2015–16 Bundesliga, scoring 25 goals in 31 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, but that did not help Thomas Tuchel’s men win the domestic trophy. Speaking of his international career, the 187-cm-tall striker made his Gabon debut on 25 March, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-2 win over Morocco.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Gabon make it to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. It has to be noted, though, that he played for France U-21 team in the past. Aubameyang was born in Laval, France on 18 June, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Angola):
Angola national football team are controlled by Angola Football Federation. The Palancas Negras are affiliated to both CAF and COSAFA and they play their home matches at Estadio 11 de Novembro. Angola did well to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to book their place in the last 16 on their debut at the showpiece tournament.
The African side faced the likes of Portugal, Mexico and Iran in Group D, with the team sharing the spoils with Iran and Mexico, while suffering a loss to Portugal. The Palancas Negras have been struggling to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals ever since, but they made it to the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions (2008, 2010).
Angola wear red shirts and black shorts when hosting their rivals, whereas their away kit is white. It has to be noted that the Palancas Negras suffered a 3-2 loss to Congo in their first ever international.