Ivory Coast, Gabon to battle for top spot


Ivory Coast will lock horns with Gabon in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Friday, 7 June.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The Group F match will be played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in a city located in the northern Ivory Coast, Korhogo.

The Elephants of Ivory Coast were last in action on 26 March as they claimed a 2-1 win over Uruguay in an international friendly match.

Ivory Coast collected six points from their first two matches in Group F as they secured back-to-back victories over DR Congo and Niger.

The African champions are currently placed at the top of Group F standings – level on points with second-placed Gabon.

Having scored against DR Congo and Niger, Seko Fofana will be determined to inspire his side to a third successive victory in the group.

Meanwhile, the last time Gabon were in action was in an international friendly match against Congo-Brazzaville as the two sides drew 1-1 on 25 March.

The Panthers of Gabon have six points from their first two matches in Group F which sees them placed second in the standings – three points above fourth-placed Burundi.

Gabon edged out Kenya in their first Group F match before the Panthers made it two victories in a row when they overcame Burundi.

Denis Bouanga – who scored against Kenya and Burundi – will be looking to hit the back of the net once again and help his side claim a win in Ivory Coast.

In Head-to-Head stats, Ivory Coast and Gabon have met 16 times across all competitions.

Ivory Coast have dominated this rivalry – winning nine matches compared to Gabon’s four wins while three games ended in a draw

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