Our football match prediction:
Guinea will kick off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ivory Coast in June and, no doubt, coach Kanfory Bangoura will use friendly games against Gabon and Cameroon to test as many players as possible. The Syli Nationale did not take part at the Africa Cup of Nations finals earlier this year and they are desperate to book their place at the 2019 tournament. Guinea, though, recorded only one win in last five games in all competitions and that is the main reason why home win should not be considered. Gabon, on the other hand, hosted the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but they failed to impress in matches against Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals at the showpiece tournament and the Borussia Dortmund attacker, who has been in a thrilling form of late, will be the man to watch in the away team in Saturday’s football game. Gabon are more of a team than Guinea and we predict that the Panthers will put an end to their seven-game winless run.
Highlighted Player (Florentin Pogba):
Florentin Pogba is a younger brother of famous French player Paul Pogba. Florentin was born in Conakry, Guinea, but he played for France U20 team. Unlike his brother, Florentin Pogba plays as a defender for Saint Etienne. He began his senior career at Sedan and he made 44 league appearances for the club in the 2011/2012 season. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Saint Etienne, but he continued playing for Sedan on loan. After ending his loan spell with les Sangliers Florentin Pogba returned to Saint Etienne and he has been playing for the Ligue 1 outfit ever since. He scored his first goal for les Verts on 3 December n a 2-0 win over Montpellier. On 11 August, 2010 Pogba made his Guinea debut, coming as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Mali in a friendly and he played his first competitive match for the national team in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Mozambique. It has to be noted that his twin brother Mathias plays football as well.
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 Africa 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.