Aaron Boupendza’s goal from a tight angle marked Gabon’s 1-0 victory over the African Cup of Nations debutant Comoros in Monday’s opening match of Group C.
Gabon, which lacked the talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the influential midfielder Mario Lemina due to Covid-19 infections, never appeared upset and scored one of the few shots on goal at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Boupendza threw the ball into the roof of the net after being cleared in the box by Louis Ameka, giving Gabon their first final win since defeating Burkina Faso 2-0 in the 2015 group stage.
Gabon moved to the top of the table along with Morocco, who beat Ghana 1-0 on Monday.
Morocco will face Comoros on Friday at 4pm, while Ghana will face Gabon in their other Group C clash later that day at 7pm. Both games are live Sky Sport Soccer.
Sky Sports will broadcast AFCON live
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.
The tournament, originally scheduled for June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports broadcasting all 52 matches live.
Twenty-four teams will take part, starting January 9 when Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.