Ghana beat Gabon to a 1-1 draw
Ghana drew a 1-1 draw against Gabon after a bad-tempered match on Friday.
Andre Ayew scored a stunning left-foot penalty to give Ghana a lead of 18 minutes, but the result puts them in danger of elimination if they fail to win their last game against Comoros next Tuesday.
A testy game ended in scuffles and a red card for Ghana's Benjamin Tetteh for his part in the post-match punchup.
Gabon were not allowed to field captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who, although out of COVID-19 isolation, was not allowed to play by the African Football Federation.
Autre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye, and Mario Lemina, both without COVID isolation, cannot take part in this game, according to the CAF medical commission.
"Medical examinations show cardiac leions, and CAF did not want to take any risks," the Gabon Football Federation said.
Ghana, who won their last Cup of Nations titles 40 years ago, had lost their opener against Morocco and needed victory to put themselves back in contention for a second round place.
After 18 minutes, they got off to a warm start. Ayew turned his marker and then hit a bullet to break the deadlock
In the 88th minute with an angled left foot finish, Gabon all the rest were too strong.
The match dominated with far too many crunching tackles, but the bad blood between the teams remained throughout the final whistle with a disappointing punch-up.
After the referee offered a red card, the player had already fled to the changing rooms after throwing a punch in the fracas.
Morocco won the first of the double header at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in the 2-0 draw and they lead the group with six points.
Gabon are now second on four, while Ghana is reamin on one, and the Comoros are yet to get off the mark.
Gabon aren't guaranteed a top-two finish, but four points should be sufficient to ensure they reach the last 16, if not in the top two then as one of the four best third-placed finishers.