AFCON 2019: 10-man Ghana draw with Benin as Cameroun start title defence with win

The final matches of the opening round of the ongoing AFCON finals ended on Wednesday 26 June with two matches being played from Group F.

Defending champions Cameroun began their title defence with a win, beating Ginea-Bissau 2-0 in the first game played on Tuesday before 10-man Ghana played to a 2-2 draw with Benin in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

The Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan had The Black Stars leading 2-1 going into half time after cancelling out Michael Pote’s 2nd minute opener.

Red card

Greece based Yaya Banana was among the goals as Cameroun defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to sail to the summit in Group F (PIC: The Guardian)

But the veteran Benin forward, who ply’s his trade in Turkey would step-up again to secure the point for his nation in the 63rd minute, making good use of their numerical advantage just nine minutes after defender Jonathan Boye had been sent for an early shower for a second bookable offence.

The draw denied both teams the chance to join Cameroun at the summit of Group F which is an all-West African affair.

Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken, who have a combined 15 caps for the Indomitable Lions, scored in the 66th and 69th minutes to undo a stubborn Bissau side that is making only their second appearance at the continental showpiece following their 2017 debut.

Round 2 of the group stages will begin later on Wednesday with hosts Egypt taking on DR Congo and Uganda facing Zimbabwe in Group A with Nigeria and Guinea going face to face in Group B.

Wins for Egypt, Uganda and Nigeria, who all won their opening round matches, will send them through to the knockout round with a game to spare.