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Cameroon tie Ghana 0-0 in AFCON Group E
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Cameroon tie Ghana 0-0 in AFCON Group E

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Ismalia, Egypt, Jun 30: The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019 Group F clash between Ghana and defending champions Cameroon ended goalless in Ismailia on Saturday.

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.

With the result, Cameroon have moved to four points while Ghana are on two points after back to back draws.The Ghanaians have to beat Guinea Bissau on Tuesday to be certain of a place in the next round.

On the balance of chances, Cameroon should have gone to the break at least one up. A massive save by Richard Ofori four minutes from time and a timely tackle from Jonathan Mensah earlier on ensured the scores were 0-0 after the opening 45 minutes.

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 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.

Ghana pressed more in the second half as they looked to earn a first ever win over Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations.Cameroon coach Clarence Seerdof made an attacking change, pulling out defender Gaetan Bong for striker Eric Choupo-Moting while his opposite number Kwesi Appiah responded by throwing in Asamoah Gyan for Kwadwo.

The result was disappointing for Ghana fans who roared the stadium from the start to the end of the game."We were the good side and we should have scored at least two goals," Yahya, a Ghanaian fan told Xinhua after the match.The middle-aged man said he is confident that his team will earn the three points of the next match and make it to the knockout stage. (UNI-Xinhua)