Date: January 21st, 2015
Venue: Estadio De Bata
Time: 21:00 (CAT)
Match Result: Gabon 0 – 1 Congo-Brazzaville
Goal Scorers: Oniangue (48′)
The GSV Top Class Award
It’s often difficult to single out an individual player in a match as closely contested as last night’s encounter between Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville. The nature of Congo’s goal also offered little in the way of a being a candidate for the Top Class Award, so we have decided to award the GSV Top Class Award to Congo-Brazzaville gaffer Claude Le Roy. Having played to a draw with the host nation on their return to the Afcon stage, the Congo-Brazzaville faithful came into this fixture hoping to record their first victory in years. Having failed to record a win in the 2000 Afcon, and securing a spot in the knockout stages by virtue of 2 draws in 1992, one would have to go back to 1970s to find Congo’s last Afcon victory, and for being the mastermind behind this, albeit through a scrappy goal, Claude Le Roy gets our GSV Top Class Award.
The GSV Class Clown Award
The GSV Class Clown Award goes to Congo’s Ferebory Dore. A jersey no. 10 who was expected to shine for his side has continuously failed to spark any flames in attack. Maybe the pressure to emulate the form that saw him terrorise the likes of Nigeria has weighed him down in recent times, but Dore has left little to be desired when he is on the pitch. The little that it is was still sufficient enough to earn him the GSV Class Clown Award.
The Grand Stand View
With the victory, Congo make a leap to the top of the log, the best place to be with one group match to go. Claude Le Roy will be glad his side have managed to pick up points despite unconvincing performances, but will acknowledge the fact that they need to improve drastically if this is to be the dream record 8th he would love it to be. For Gabon it’s a case of do or die going into their match against Equatorial Guinea, who are 1 point behind them. A draw would give the Panthers a chance at qualifying, but they will definitely be looking for a win in their final encounter.