Head coach of Gabon – Patrice Neveu has waxed eloquent about the splendid second half performance of his team in their all important 1-1 draw Group C game against the Black Stars of Ghana in Yaoundé on Friday.

Despite losing their star man [Aubameyang] due to cardiac lesions The Panthers did not show any respect to the Black Stars as they kept the defensive line of Ghana [Andy Kyere Yiadom, Baba Abdul Rahman, Daniel Amartey, and Alexander Djiku] very busy especially in the second stanza, stealing a point in the process to boost their chances of qualification to the round of 16 phase.

Andre Ayew’s 19 minutes goal seemed to have revived the Black Stars hopes of progressing to the knockout stage, but Ngowet Allevinah equalised for Gabon in the 88th minutes to dash the expectations of coach Milovan Rajevac and his team.

Speaking in a post match interview Patrice Neveu said he was not so impressed with the first half performance of his team, but The Panthers kept their trust alive going into the second stanza.

“We did not play well in the first half, like the first game. In the second half we were more offensive, and we trusted ourselves.

“I think the draw is a fair result. We missed many players, but Ghana didn’t dominate us.”