Ismailia - Owusu
Kwabena rattled the crossbar for Ghana as they drew 0-0 with defending
champions Cameroon on Saturday in the second successive goalless Africa Cup
of Nations match.
Substitute Kwabena came on after 87 minutes and immediately went
closest to breaking the deadlock in a cagey Group F clash in Ismailia.
Ghana had another chance to beat Cameroon for the first time in five
attempts at the Cup of Nations, but a shot from Andrew Viadom lacked
power and Andre Onana saved comfortably.
Billed as a highlight of the 36-match group phase in Egypt, the game produced little excitement as the defences dominated.
Seeking a sixth African title, Cameroon top the table with four
points, four-time champions Ghana have two, Benin one and Guinea-Bissau
Benin meet Guinea-Bissau later in the second part of a double-header in the northern Egyptian city.
Earlier Saturday, Angola and Mauritania drew 0-0 in the first
goalless draw of the tournament after the previous 21 matches produced
Cameroon made four changes and Ghana three after their first group
matches with the trophy-holders seeking a victory that would clinch
qualification for the second round.
Ghanaian Thomas Partey squandered a good early chance when he blazed
over from close range after being set up just outside the box.
Christian Atsu from Premier League club Newcastle United had to go
off injured after only 15 minutes and Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah sent in
As the half progressed at the Ismailia Stadium, five-time African champions Cameroon twice came close to taking the lead.
A superb sliding tackle by Jonathan Mensah, recalled in place of
suspended John Boye, foiled Karl Toko Ekambi as he prepared to shoot.
Goalkeeper Richard Ofori rescued Ghana soon after, brilliantly
pushing away a Christian Bassogog attempt after an Ekambi cut-back.
With defences in control as the second half progressed, there were
more attempts from long range and Mubarak Wakaso was just off target for