Cameroon, Ghana split pointsCameroon, Ghana split points

CAMEROON maintained pole position at the summit of Group F after their heavyweight clash with Ghana ended in a dour 0-0 draw at AFCON 2019.

Clarence Seedorf’s defending champions came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with Christian Bassogog seeing a goal-bound effort brilliantly kept out by Richard Ofori.

Ghana had started brightly but were subdued by the early withdrawal of the injured Christian Atsu. The Black Stars struggled to create clear-cut openings but almost stole it three minutes from time when substitute Owusu Kwabena saw a thumping shot crash back off the crossbar.

Cameroon now have four points from two games played while Ghana have two – same with Benin’s Squirrels who also drew goalless with Guinea-Bissau.

The Ghana-Cameroon game was a much-hyped group-stage contest between two sides with nine titles between them, but it failed to ever truly ignite. The game was played at a slow tempo throughout with chances few and far between.

Ghana’s defender Jonathan Mensah was superb at the back, marshalling a stubborn rearguard throughout and willing to put his body on the line when it mattered.

Five-time champions Cameroon will be the happier of the two and know a victory in their final match will guarantee top spot in the pool. Ghana will still be very confident of progress but will rue the fact they could not take advantage of late opportunities to finally end their hoodoo of not beating the Indomitable Lions in the two games that they have met at this tournament.

In the final round of matches in this group, Ghana will meet Guinea-Bissau while Cameroon face Benin on July 2.  The Stars yesterday left their Ismailia base to Suez for their next game.   – Eurosport

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