Cameroon vs Ghana
Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia
Saturday, 29-06-2919 @8pm
Cameroon will be eyeing a round of 16 spot when they take on Ghana in one of the three AFCON games to be played on Saturday.
The Indomitable Lions defeated Guinea-Biaasu 2-0 in their opening game and will progress to the knockout stage with victory over Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium.
After a frustrating goalless first half, Cameroon scored two goals in three minutes thanks to Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken.
For Ghana, this is a game they cannot afford to lose after failing to beat Benin in their first game.
Having initially gone a goal behind, the Black Stars turned the game on its head to take the lead before John Boye was sent off and eventually conceded in the second half to draw 2-2 in the end.
A rivalry for the ages that’s not played out on the international footballing stage as often as you might expect.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between Cameroon and Ghana is sure to be one of the tastiest clashes of the tournament.
They rival each other in almost every sphere – from football to faux pas and squad drama.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the time has come to end the dominance of Cameroon over his country in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Black Stars have confronted the Indomitable Lions four times from 1982 and the best they have achieved is two group draws while suffering two semi-final defeats.
What they are saying ahead of the game
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah
“We are going to give Cameroon a really good game and I am sure we will emerge victorious.”
Cameroon defender Ambroise Oyongo
“We have to raise our game against Ghana.
“We did not start with a win in 2017 but this time we did and I believe that is a good omen going forward in the competition.”
There haven’t been that many meetings between these two sides. Just eight previous clashes in total.
Cameroon have won just two of those. Three of the others were a draw. And Ghana have picked up three wins.
Cameroon are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Africa Cup of Nations (W4 D3), their longest run since February 2000 – February 2004 (12 games) when they won the 2000 and 2002 tournaments.
Ghana have won only one of their last five AFCON games (D1 L3) after winning six of their previous seven (D1).
The Ayew brothers have been involved in 12 of Ghana’s last 16 goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (9 goals, 3 assists).
Saturday’s other fixtures
-Mauritania vs Angola @5:30pm
-Benin vs Guinea-Bissau @11pm
-Tunisia 1-1 Mali
-Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
-South Africa 1-0 Namibia