It is under a very sunny weather that Gabonese and Beninese delivered a friendly this Sunday at the Pina Manique stadium in Lisbon. A match ended with a victory of the Squirrels (2-0). At each half will suffice its goal. No observation round, the two teams threw all their strength into the battle. More daring and determined, Michel Dussuyer’s foals wanted very quickly to “kill the match”, aligning breakthroughs but well negotiated by their opponents of the day. Far from lowering their guard, the teammates of Captain Khaled Adénon believed in the strength and talent of their collective. Which ended up paying off following a great initiative from Cebio Soukou. The Arminia Bielefeld player had just scored the first goal of the game and his very first goal in the selection (30th, 0-1).
In theabsence of Pierre-Émerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, to name a few, Gabon was visibly ill-inspired. At the end of this first part, well mastered by the Squirrels, the Panthers had to demonstrate their genius in the second half. But again, the Beninese defense did not let anything go. Although Michel Dussuyer has rotates the workforce (with the firsts of Roche and Ahlinvi), no action was really going to turn to the advantage of the Gabonese. In the goals, Saturnin Allagbé had made his entry. The strong Beninese pressure ended up paying off. On a Soukou corner, Steve Mounié found the opening of a pricked head (77th, 0-2). Mfa Mezui avoided his more correction by releasing a heavy strike from Adéoti (80th). In the process, Gabon failed several times to return to the score, in particular by Boupenza (90th, 90th + 4). After 2017, Benin had their second friendly victory against Gabon and prepared well for their double confrontation against Lesotho, next month in the CAN qualifiers.
The match sheet: