GHANA coach Kwesi Appiah says the time has
come to end the dominance of Cameroon over his country in the Africa Cup of
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 semifinal defeats.
“We are going to give Cameroon a
really good game and I am sure we will emerge victorious,” said the coach
in his second spell as Ghana coach.
Defending champions Cameroon will start as
slight favourites to win the Group F clash in Ismailia Saturday having been the
more impressive performers earlier this week.
Cameroon scored twice in three minutes to
end the resistance of Guinea-Bissau and win 2-0 while Ghana had John Boye
red-carded as they were held 2-2 by Benin.
Here, AFP Sport previews the three Saturday
matches, with Benin and Guinea-Bissau the other fixture in an Ismailia
double-header, while Angola meet Mauritania in Group E in Suez.
Appiah is not overly concerned with the two
dropped points against lower-ranked Benin because Ghana are traditionally slow
starters at the Cup of Nations.
They always recover and boast a record of
six consecutive top-four finishes from 2008, including finishing runners-up
He was upset by the dismissal of veteran
Boye, believing his time wasting should have earned a verbal warning rather
than a second yellow card.
Cameroon centre-back Ambroise Oyongo, one
of four starters against Guinea-Bissau who were part of the 2017 title-winning
team, says they must improve against Ghana.
“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.”
Former English Premier League midfielder
Stephane Sessegnon has personal and team ambitions ahead of his probable return
to the team after missing the Ghana match through suspension.
The Turkey-based 35-year-old captain of the
Squirrels needs one goal to overtake Razak Omotoyossi and become the record
scorer for the national team.
He also wants to help Benin finally win a
match at the Cup of Nations after two draws and eight losses since debuting 15
Another threat to Guinea-Bissau will be
physically imposing Mickael Pote, who also plays his club football in Turkey
and bagged a brace against Ghana.
Guinea-Bissau contained Cameroon for 65
minutes, but once they fell behind to a Yaya Banana header the Djurtus (wild
dogs) had little bite in attack.
These Group E rivals defeated each other at
home in qualifying for a 2019 Cup of Nations switched to Egypt after Cameroon
fell behind with preparations.
Angola recovered from falling behind after
just two minutes to triumph 4-1 in Luanda and Mauritania gained revenge four
days later with a 1-0 win in Nouakchott.
Mauritania conceded four goals again this
week when losing to Mali and often poorly positioned goalkeeper Brahim
Souleimane could be axed by French coach Corentin Martins.
Serbia-born Angola coach Srdjan Vasiljevic
was thrilled by the come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Tunisia, who are making a
record-extending 14th straight appearance at the tournament.
“We got a good result after enormous difficulties in the preparation period. We want to play good football and compete with the best African teams,” he said. – AFP
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