AFCON champions off to winning start

AFCON champions off to winning start
Cameroon celebrate after Yaya Banana of Cameroon opens the scoring during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals game between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau at Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt on 25 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 25, 2019. 21:45

Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon got the defence of their title off to a winning start on Tuesday evening when they defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0.

Cameroon’s triumph at the Ismailia Stadium takes them to the top of Group F, pending the result of the day’s late game between Ghana and Benin.

The Indomitable Lions had to be patient in their clash against the Djurtus, who held the score line at 0-0 for more than an hour.

However, on 66 minutes Clarence Seedorf’s side broke through, with Banana Yaya netting with a header from a Karl Toko Ekambi corner kick.

Just three minutes later Cameroon doubled their advantage, with Stephane Bahoken latching onto a rebound in the penalty area and firing home.

The Indomitable Lions will next face Ghana in Ismailia on Saturday, while Guinea-Bissau will take on Benin at the same venue later in the evening.

Cameroon (0) 2 (Yaya 66’, Bahoken 69’)
Guinea-Bissau 0

Cameroon: Onana, Dawa, Oyongo, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Yaya, Choupo-Moting (Boumal 79’), Djoum (Bahoken 67’), Mandjeck, Anguissa, Ekambi (N’Jie 68’), Bassogog

Guinea-Bissau: Jonas Mendes, Nadjack, Cande, Soares, Rudinilson, Manconi, Pele, Piqueti (Jorgino 76’), Zezinho, Mendy (Joseph Mendes 81’), Silva (Balde 71’)

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