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Cameroon, Ghana, Benin in tussle for Group F top spot

Cameroon will top the group with victory over Benin. (PHOTOS/Agencies)

AFCON 2019 – Group F

Tuesday, 02-07-2019 @7pm

-Benin vs Cameroon – Ismailia Stadium, Cairo

-Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana – Suez Stadium, Suez

Group F was the only group, going into match-day three that had nothing sorted in terms of who reaches the last 16.

All this will be determined on Tuesday evening with two tasty fixtures.

Leaders and defending champions Cameroon will have a chance to ensure qualification when they take on Benin at the Ismailia stadium in Cairo.

The Indomitable Lions have four points after defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on opening day and then drawing 0-0 with Ghana.

A draw against Benin will see them reach the next round while victory ensures they top the group.

For Benin, they require victory to ensure qualification but they can also achieve that with a draw coupled by Ghana losing by not more than two goals in their fixture against Guinea-Bissau.

The teams have met each other just twice. Benin are yet to register a win against Cameroon. Their last encounter finished 4-1 in favour of the Indomitable Lions. Both Benin and Cameroon have never kept a clean sheet against each other.

The other Group F game will be between bottom-placed Guinea-Bissau and Ghana at the Suez Stadium in Suez.

Ghana are in second place with two points, while Guinea Bissau are only a point adrift the Black Stars.

Ghana are secnd in Group F.

Guinea-Bissau were involved in a low-quality contest against Benin in Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but the point they secured from that goalless draw has kept their hopes of progression to the last 16 alive.

Despite being poor for much of the game and managing to produce one shot on target in the 88thminute, Guinea-Bissau earned their first point in the competition and could progress if they can produce a shock win over Ghana.

They will still need a helping hand from the other result in their group and potentially elsewhere if they end up in third place and may look to make more changes to their side to give themselves the best opportunity of securing an unlikely spot in the knockout stages.

Ghana drew their second consecutive game to leave their hopes of progressing in the Africa Cup of Nations in the balance as they were held by Cameroon which followed the draw with Benin in their opening match of Group F.

In an evenly-matched game, neither side posed huge problems in front of goal despite Ghana getting plenty of shots away with their best chance coming late on when substitute Owusu Kwabena hit the bar.

Ghana will head into this crunch clash sweating on the fitness of winger Christian Atsu after he was substituted early in the game against Cameroon with a hamstring problem but looks likely to miss this contest.

The previous Guinea Bissau outing finished without any goals just like the last Ghana game.

The other games on Tuesday

-Mauritania vs Tunisia @10pm

-Angola vs Mali @10pm

Monday’s results

-Kenya 0-3 Senegal

-Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast

-South Africa 0-1 Morocco

-Tanzania 0-3 Algeria

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