#AFCONonCiti: Black Stars remain winless at 2019 AFCON after draw with Cameroon


Ghana’s 0-0 draw with Cameroon on Saturday has left them without a win at the 209 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after two games.

The result leaves the Black Stars in a precarious position ahead of their last group game against Guinea-Bissau.

Ghana remain two points behind group leaders Cameroon, a point clear of Benin who face the pointless Guineans later on Saturday.

The big talking point before the game was whether captain Andre Ayew would recover from the knock he picked up against Benin in time for the game.

Ayew was eventually named in the starting lineup, with injury and suspension forcing Kwesi Appia to make three changes from that game as Kwadwo Asamoah, Jonathan Mensah and Baba Rahman replaced Thomas Agyepong, John Boye and Lumor Agbyenyenu.

The Black Stars started the better side, dominating possession and creating the better opportunities early on.

Thomas Partey had the best chance of the early exchanges as he fired over from inside the box after running onto a cutback.

Ghana were looking quite dominant with Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu causing the Cameroonian defence a number of problems.

However, the Stars were dealt a blow when Christian Atsu, after a strong run and shot, pulled up clutching the back of his thigh, potentially signalling a hamstring injury.

This definitely stunted their progress as Cameroon to a greater foothold on the game.

However, Jordan Ayew almost turned the ball in after a great cross from Baba Rahman on the left.

Toko was then put through on goal but Jonathan Mensah recovered and put in a great tackle with the Cameroonian about to pull the trigger.

Richard Ofori was then the hero for Ghana as he pulled off a magnificent save to deny Bassogog after the latter was set up by Toko keeping the scores level at the break.

The second half started with both sides trying to gain control of the game resulting in a number of fouls.

Mubarak Wakaso had an effort which flew just wide while Bassogog’s effort off the post at the other end was ruled offside.

The game seemed destined to end goalless but Kwabena Owusu could have won it right at the end for Ghana but his fierce drive after a delightful run cannoned off the bar leaving the Black Stars needing a win against Guinea Bissau to stay in the competition.

Source: citinewsroom.com