Indomitable Lions Tame African Wild Dog

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar July 4, 2019 21:01


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Indomitable Lions Tame African Wild Dog

By Satish Sekar at Ismaïlia’s Stadium © Satish Sekar (June 25th 2019)

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Yaya Banana and, substitute, Stéphane Bahoken’s second half goals gave Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon the 3-point start they were looking for in Group F’s opening fixture. Ghana and Bénin play each other next.

Karl Ekambi’s corner was headed in powerfully by Banana at the far post, beating the keeper and a defender on the line, Rudinilson Silva. Cameroon had finally found a way past the obdurate last line of Guinea-Bissau’s defence, Jonas Mendes.

A minute after he was brought on, Bahoken rewarded Seedorf’s faith with the second. A defensive mix-up resulted in the ball ricocheting off Sory Mané to Bahoken, who swept it in to double Cameroon’s lead.

Wild Dog Thwart Lions – Almost

A stubborn Guinea-Bissau, nicknamed the African Wild Dog, held Cameroon at bay until mid-way through the second half.

The versatile Académico de Viseu keeper, who has been Guinea-Bissau’s best player for the last 5 years, and doubles as a striker, had thwarted presentable chances by a Joyskim Dawa header and Eric Choupo-Moting shot.

The Indomitable Lions had been profligate too. Christian Bassogog in the opening seconds of the match from an admittedly tight angle, fired over after latching on to a long ball to him. Bassogog, Ekambi and Man of the Match, André Anguisso, all failed to force Mendes to work. Midfielder Georges Mendjack saw his effort brush the roof of the net too.

There was still time for Guinea-Bissau to almost make a match of it, but Piqueti Silva’s header struck the woodwork, and with that the African Wild Dog’s chance to salvage a point went.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar July 4, 2019 21:01