AFCON: Benin Hold Ghana, Cameroon Win In Group Opener

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Mickael Pote, veteran Benin striker, scored twice to force 10-man Ghanaian team to a 2-2 result in their Group F encounter on Tuesday night at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Pote scored his first under two minutes into the encounter, and got the equaliser for his team midway second half in Ismailia.

The Ayew brothers; Andre and Jordan, in-between Potential goals, netted in the first half for the Black Stars, who had defender John Boye sent off after half-time.

Meanwhile, defending champions, Cameroon, scored twice within three minutes to beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 earlier to go top of the group with three points.

Ghana are the bookmakers’ joint second favourites with Senegal and record seven-time champions, Egypt, to win the tournament expanded to 24 teams from 16 for the first time.

But Benin, who have never won a game in the Cup of Nations, were not outplayed by their opponents, who have lifted the trophy four times.

Their veteran striker launched on to a pass from midfield, held off the challenge of two opposing defenders and put the ball past goalkeeper Richard Ofori in a stunning start.

But Ghana took just seven minutes to level, with the Ayews setting up the goal for the other. Jordan passed to Andre, whose low left-foot shot flew into the corner of the net.

Jordan then put Ghana ahead three minutes before half-time, winning possession from a long pass, outpacing a defender and slamming a rising shot past Fabien Farnolle, another Benin veteran.

Ghana suffered a major blow 10 minutes into the second half, when Boye received a second yellow from Tunisian referee.

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