- The Black Stars have been held to a 1-1 draw by the Panthers of Gabon in their second game of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon
- The Stars took an early lead in the 19th-minute courtesy of a Dede Ayew strike but was canceled in the 82nd minute
- Following the referee's whistle to end the game, a scuffle broke out on the pitch between the Black Stars and their Gabonese counterparts
- The scuffle saw Benjamin Tetteh, a late substitute in the game, receiving a red card after punching a Gabonese player
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A big scuffle broke out after Ghana drew 1-1 with Gabon in their second match at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021) in Cameroon.
The Black Stars faced the Panthers in their second match of the tournament in Yaounde on Friday, January 14, 2022.
After losing 1-0 to Morocco in their first game, the Black Stars needed a win to put their destiny of qualification into their own hands.
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But after taking an early lead in the 19th minute through a ferocious strike from the captain of the side, Dede Ayew, the Gabonese equalised in the 82nd.
After the referee blew his final whistle, a fight broke out between the Black Stars players and their opponents.
The Ghana players had been angered that the Gabon team did not return play to them prior to their equaliser. In the lead up to the Gabon goal, Ghana's Daniel Kyereh had gone down with Baba Rahman playing the ball to touch.
But when play resumed, Gabon did not return the ball to Ghana in the spirit of fair play and went ahead to score.
In the ensuing scuffle, Ghana striker Benjamin Tetteh who was a late substitute was given a red card for violent conduct. He was seen hitting a Gabon player.
A video of the scuffle has been shared by Instagram blog Ronnie Is Everywhere:
A further ban for Benjamin Tetteh
While a straight red card normally sees a player serving a two-match ban in a tournament, Benjamin Tetteh is likely going to be punished more than that.
According to sports journalist Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu, who is with the Black Stars in Cameroon, the conduct of Tetteh is highly frowned upon by CAF and will not be spared.
"From my experience, any such conduct often attracts extra sanctions apart from the stipulated punishment. It is likely Tetteh is going to be handed an extra ban.
"If that happens, Tetteh's tournament will virtually be over because he will only be eligible to play from the semis [semi-final] stage."
Video of Dede Ayew's ferocious strike that put the Black Stars 1-0 against Gabon
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier published a video of the goal Dede Ayew scored against the Gabonese.
The goal happens to be the 10th AFCON goal Dede Ayew has scored in 23 appearances for the Black Stars.
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