Gabon go into their last first round fixture knowing that a draw will be sufficient to ensure qualification to the quarter finals.
If they lose to Zambia they shall have four points, and if Cameroon win against Tunisia, Cameroon shall have six and Tunisia just the two. If Tunisia win their last game they shall have five points and shall progress with Zambia who shall also progress with five points due to the tournament head to head rules.
- Daniel Cousin
However, all these permutations will be unnecessary if Gabon continue their fine form and beat the struggling Zambians or hold them to a draw.
In the game against Tunisia manager Giresse tinkered with his line up opting to omit Rogu meye and include the youngster Abameyang , who impressed in a dull match. This time around however he may have a difficult decision to make in regards to attackers.
Daniel Cousin is an automatic inclusion. The captain scored against Cameroon and was a noticeable pain to the Tunisian defence with his direct runs and imposing physique. The choice for Cousin’s partner in attack is a more difficult matter. Meye, Aubameyang and Stephane N’gueme are essentially competing for the same spot as the creative link to Cousin, on the premise that the manager plays two up-front. However if Giresse plans to attack and seek a win and group D top spot he may favour a three pronged attack. This will ensure the inclusion of two of the above.
- Gabon manage Alain Giresse
The defence and midfield have been generally solid for Gabon and no major changes are expected. There is an injury doubt for centre midfielder Cedric Moubamba, and he shall who undergo a late fitness test tomorrow.
Zambia coach Herve Renard seems to be confident and expects and a win and subsequent progression to the quarters. His players so far have impressed in patches and were unlucky to lose against Cameroon. A draw is useless for the Zambians and only a win will do, so Zambia will have to attack leaving them open to counter attack. This is a dangerous weakness considering the Gabon attack.
Match Prediction : Gabon 3 Zambia 1