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Gabon national football team
World Cup Qualifying - Africa | Group Stage
Jun 11, 2024 at 8pm UK
Stade de Franceville
Gambia national football team


Allevinah (52'), Aubameyang (70'), Bouanga (72')
Aubameyang (85'), Aubameyang (87')
Minteh (33'), Adams (79')
Colley (59'), Lemina (82'), Ceesay (87')

Preview: Gabon vs. Gambia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's World Cup Qualifying - Africa clash between Gabon and Gambia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Gabon will be looking to bounce back when they host Gambia at the Stade de Franceville (new) on Tuesday in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The home side suffered a defeat on Friday in matchday three, while the visitors secured their first win of the campaign.

Match preview

Gabon's Jim Allevinah celebrates scoring their first goal with Aaron-Salem Boupendza on January 18, 2022© Reuters

Gabon dropped points for the first time in the World Cup qualifiers after a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Friday.

Despite the return of their in-form striker and record goalscorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Central Africans failed to score for the first time in the 2026 World qualifiers, unable to find an answer to Seko Fofana's first-half goal.

The Panthers sit second in Group F with six points, three adrift of the top spot after three matches played.

Thierry Mouyouma's men are now winless in three consecutive matches across all competitions, with a draw against Congo separating defeats to Senegal and Ivory Coast.

Gabon will hope to return to winning ways on Tuesday, but their record against Gambia is not encouraging. In three meetings, the hosts have lost twice and won once, with each side winning one competitive game apiece, with the third being an international friendly.

Gambia's Musa Barrow celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 24, 2022© Reuters

Gambia got off the mark in the current World Cup qualifying campaign with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Seychelles at Stade Municipal de Berkane on Saturday.

Muhammed Badamosi scored a brace, while Musa Barrow, Yankuba Minteh, and Adama Sidibeh also got on the scoresheet to hand the Scorpions their first win in Group F.

This win ended a run of five straight defeats and a six-match winless run that included a disappointing 3-2 loss to Burundi in their opening match of the World Cup qualifiers, a 2-0 defeat to Ivory Coast in the same qualifiers, and losses in all three of their games during the last Africa Cup of Nations.

It was Johnathan McKinstry's first game in charge since replacing Tom Saintfiet, who stepped down as Gambia's head coach after five years following the AFCON group stage exit.

The next challenge for McKinstry will be securing a positive result against Gabon to help them leave the second-bottom position in Group F.

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Team News

Gabon players celebrate their first goal, an own goal scored by Burkina Faso's Adama Guira on January 23, 2022© Reuters

Gabon will hope the attacking trio that includes Aubameyang, Los Angeles FC forward Denis Bounga, and Jim Allevinah delivers this time as they are expected to stick with the same three up front.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Mario Lemina will look to bring the spark from midfield alongside Guelor Kanga and Medwin Biteghe.

Gambia will likely count on the front four that delivered the goods last time out, with Badamosi spearheading the attack.

Minteh, Barrow and Alieu Fadera are the three players that are expected to provide support for the striker.

Gabon possible starting lineup:
Noubi; Obiang, Appindangoye, Ecuele Manga, Oyono; Biteghe, Kanga, Lemina; Bouanga, Allevinah, Aubameyang

Gambia possible starting lineup:
Jarju; Sanneh, Ceesay, Colley, Gaye; Manneh, Bobb; Fadera, Barrow, Minteh; Badamosi

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We say: Gabon 1-1 Gambia

Both sides thrive on the quality of their attacking players but they can sometimes be caught missing chances than expected. Gambia have started well under the new coach but this will be their biggest test yet. We are going for a stalemate here as we expect the teams to cancel each other out.

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