Ghana hoping to beat Guinea-Bissau after drawing with Cameroon

The Black Stars of Ghana find themselves in a precarious situation after picking only two points in their first two group games at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Ghana will have to beat Guinea-Bissau next Tuesday if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16.

The Ghanaians played out a goalless draw with defending champions Cameroon on Saturday and were happy when the other Group F encounter between Benin and Guinea-Bissau failed to produce a winner.

With the result, Cameroon have moved to four points while Ghana are on two points after back to back draws and to be certain of a place in the next round, the Stars have to beat Guinea Bissau at all costs.

In the game against Cameroon, Ghana were lucky to keep a clean sheet thanks to a massive save by Richard Ofori and a timely tackle from Jonathan Mensah in the first half.

Ofori made a brilliant full stretched-save to punch out a shot from Christian Bassogog from inside the box. Ghana were caught in possession with Baba Rahman losing the ball on the left. Karl Toko Ekambi picked up and cut back a cross for Bassogog which was well saved.

Ghana had dodged another bullet on the half hour mark when Mensah, coming in for the suspended John Boye, made a timely tackle to poke the ball off Ekambi’s feet after he was sent through with a delightful backheel flick by Zambo Anguissa.

The Black Stars were forced to an early sub after 14 minutes when Christian Atsu limped off injured with a hamstring problem after taking an aim at goal off a counter with a low shot from the edge of the area. He was replaced by Samuel Owusu.

Atsu had Ghana’s second chance just after Nuhu Kassim’s shot from a Thomas Partey cut back went over in the eighth minute. In the 28th minute, Mubarak Wakaso swung in a brilliant cross from the left, but Jordan Ayew could not get a vital touch from the edge of the six yard box as he came flying in.

Substitute Kwabena Owusu should have won all three for the Black Stars barely a minute after coming on for Andre Ayew but his cracking shot from the edge of the box came off the crossbar. Andrew Yiadom had a chance five yards from goal a minute later, but saw it saved by Andre Onana.

Ghana appeared more purposeful in the latter stages of the game thanks to late substitutions from coach Kwesi Appiah. This has kept many Ghanaians wondering if the Ghana coach will, at least, start striker Asamoah Gyan in the last group game but the coach has refused to be drawn into that discussion.

“Asamoah Gyan is a good player but I am the coach with the ability to judge the needs of my team and the players I need”, coach Appiah stated at the post-match conference on Saturday.
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