|Algeria - Gabon
in a good mood after their goalless draw against the DR Congo, which saw
them with a little advantage on the pitch. A win over Gabon would bring
them into a good position to reach the quarter finals. But they have yet
to score, one of their problems, especially against better teams.
is some Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde team: 20 minutes they excited the crowd against
the South Africans, but after they had scored the lead, there was nothing
to see by them at all. If they can get into a rhythm, they will be exciting.
Otherwise they might look as being playing at the wrong level.
kind of hype has been staged around the presence of the 16-year old Nzigou,
a striker based with FC Nantes (France), looking older, and scoring the
only Gabon goal so far.
Africa already qualified for quarter-finals.
Gabon loses, they will be formally eliminated.
Africa - Gabon match report
Congo - Algeria match report
Algeria: 1-Abdesslam Benabdellah,
2-Maamar Mamouni, 3-Abdelaziz Benhamlat, 4-Rezki Amrouche, 20-Mahieddine
Meftah, 7-Nasreddine Kraouche, 8-Billel Dziri, 9-Farid Ghazi, 18-Moussa
Saib, 10-Abdelhafid Tasfaout, 11-Fawzi Moussouni.
Gabon: 16-Germain Mendome,
4-Jean-Martin Mouloungui, 5-Guy-Roger Nzeng, 6-Thierry Mouyouma, 11-Francois
Amegasse, 15-Eric Endo, 10-Jonas Ogandaga, 12-Chiva Nzigou, 14-Chantry
Mvie Nguema, 7-Theodore Nzue Nguema, 9-Daniel Cousin. Referee: Isaack Abdulkadir
Algeria: An error by the Gabones keeper almost sets up Algeria scoring
starts with Gabonese attacking and fast Algerian counter play.
make the ball circle around fast, technically skilful and each player with
a good overall view of the field.
long ball out of the Algerian half, #9 Ghazi runs on the left side down
to the ground line, unleashes a low shot towards the middle. Whether he
wants to set up somebody remains unclear but to the surprise of everybody
the ball goes into the goal (the range had been about 16 meters, the angle
to the ground line 1m - 1:0
Gabon: red card for #15 Endo for a quite wild attempt to challenge Dziri
- it looked a bit harsh as the referee had given no warning before
Nzigou has to be substituted to make way for a defender (because of the
Algerians are four against two on a counter attack but a technical error
by Moussa Saib spoils the opportunity
down to 10 men, continues to attack
this time the counter attack is successful: #7 Kraouche attracts the attention
of three defenders, the ball comes off diagonal to the right from where
Tasfaout scores with a shot into the left corner - 2:0
Gabon: spectacular opportunity for #4 Mouloungui
time) Algeria almost strikes a third but Ghazi's dangerous shot from the
edge of the penalty box is saved by the keeper
with too many weaknesses to exploit by a smart team as Algeria is. They
have 45 inutes to accomplish the impossible: make a draw or win out of
a two goal deficit. Otherwise they are out.
could seek for a score margin here, as it might come down to goal difference
with DR Congo after the last match.
you want to know where
George Weah played 1993?
how many goals Joel Tiehi
scored at the 1998 Nations Cup and which shirt number he was wearing?
you wonder whether Chad
has played any matches recently and who played for them?
the author has just informed
me that the new African Yearbook
2000 is out now
first clear chance for Algeria in second half, good save against
diagonal Moussouni shot
for Dziri, unclear, the referee is a little bit a suspect to seeking the
spotlight under the eyes of CAF president Issa Hayatou, who attends the
match (see red card)
almost a chance for Gabon, but offside
Algeria: Ghazi finishes off a promising attack with a shot direct on the
goalkeeper. More had been possible.
rough challenges in the foreground
Algeria: distance attempt by #3 wide
has tried a lot of brave soloruns during the game but always ends up outnumbered
Algeria: Dziri and Tasfaout blow another opportunity
Algerian defence is losing concentration, too
time) Gabon: #13 header after a ball in from the right hand side, no chance
for the keeper - 2:1
time) Algeria tries to strike back - and indeed a solo effort of Dziri
makes it 3:1, a shot from 16 meters.
result - 3:1
rather disappointing second half apart from injury time: Gabon wanted but
coudn't until Algeria got so unconcentrated in the end. And Algeria wasted
the opportnity and played full power only after the consolation goal.
is formally eliminated.