The domestic hoodoo around the Black Stars of Ghana has been extended by another two years after a near miss yet again at the semis in Gabon. The West Africans will be chasing their first trophy in 37 years when the arrive in Cameroon, that is if they sail through in the 2019 qualifiers.
The panthers were however proven wrong by a young and a determine Indomitable Lions that defied the laws of the game to lift the ultimate trophy at the expense of who else but the Egyptians. From the 24 game unbeaten run to the 713 shots at goal, 85 suspension to the 15 clean sheets, or the 66 goals rained on Gabonese soil, here are the top ten interesting statistics from Gabon 2017.
1: Only one red card was issued in the 32 matches honoured. An average of 0.03 expulsion per game highlighted the fair nature of the just ended tourney.
66: A total of 66 goals have been scored by the sixteen competing Nation’s led by Junior Kabanaga of DRC with three.
10: Ten of the 32 games have seen both teams finding the back of the net in regulation time.
13: Total number of games that ended with at least a clean sheet, representing 41 percent of the games.
15: The total number of matches that have produced goals from both teams, representing 47 percent of the matches played.
30: The number of goals scored in the opening half of the matches during the tournament. Goals scored in the first 45 minutes of the matches.
36: Goals scored in the second half of the matches during the festival.
38: Average minute needed to produce a goal during the tournament. The number of minute needed to record at least a goal in the just ended tourney.
85: The total number of yellow cards issued during the tournament. Averaging 2.7 per game, sanity was high per the previous festivals.
841: The total number of crossed whipped into the 18 yard box from the sixteen teams in total. An average of 26.1 cross per game makes it a game of width on the stat Pack.
298: The number of corner kicks effected during the tournament. 9.1 corners per game puts the aerial bound strikers in pole position for goals inside the box.
1,227 : The total number of fouls recorded at the end of the competition. An average of 38.3 foul per game or 77 fouls from each of the 16 Nations rounded off the competition.
Compiled by Saani Abacha