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 ever 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.
“We are going to give Cameroon a really good game and I am sure we will emerge victorious,” said Kwesi Appiah 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.
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 twice.
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.”
What time and where to watch
Kick off is on, June 29 at 17:00 GMT.
In Ghana, GTV, GTV Sports+, GHone TV, Citi TV, Max TV will telecast.
In Africa, SuperSport 4 and 10 will broadcast the match.
Elsewhere: Eurosport Player (UK) and beIN Sports Connect (U.S.).
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has been in great form for Ajax but looked shaky against Guinea-Bissau while Cameroon’s finishing was also not at its best.
Joel Matip, Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar are all absent from the Indomitable Lions squad but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have to stand up and lead the charge, while Bahoken had a prolific Ligue 1 season for Angers with 11 goals and got off the mark at the Africa Cup of Nations against Guinea-Bissau.
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah will be without dependable defender John Boye due to a suspension and it appears that Jonathan Mensah will be the replacement but there is also a question mark over Thomas Agyepong who left the field through injury in the first half against Benin.
Andre Ayew’s goal against Benin broke Asamoah Gyan’s record of eight Africa Cup of Nations goals for Ghana and he is worth watching if you want to back a Black Star to score.
Predicted Lineups Ghana: Richard Ofori, Jonathan Mensah, Lumor Agbenyenu, Kasim Adams, Andy Yiadom, Thomas Partey, Christian Atsu, Wakaso Mubarak, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew.
Predicted Lineups Cameroon: Andre Onana, Yaya Banana, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, Joyskim Dawa Tchakonte, Andre Anguissa, Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum, Georges Mandjeck, Christian Bassogog, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi.
Head to Head
Eight previous meetings between both nations as Black Stars produced three wins, three draws and two The Indomitable Lions victories. The Black Stars have the historical upper hand but Cameroon knocked them out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals with a 2-0 win.
Cameroon are unbeaten in their last 5 matches in all competitions as Clarence Seedorf side have drawn seven of their last 12 matches.
Ghana are unbeaten in their last four fixtures drawing seven of their last 13 games in all competitions.
Predictions: Ghana 2-1 Cameroon