Gabon secured a 1-0 victory over Comoros in their opening African Cup of Nations game on Monday.
Despite missing talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and influential midfielder Mario Lemina due to COVID-19 infections, Gabon never looked like losing the match.
Al-Arabi forward Aaron Boupendzaas scored the decisive goal after 16 minutes.
They face Morocco on Friday before Gabon play Ghana.
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