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BENIN SHOCK 10-MAN GHANA BLACK STARS

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The term ‘underdogs’ is fast vanishing as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations continues in Egypt.

Following stubborn resistances put up by such teams like Burundi, Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe, Benin Republic capped the rising profiles of the unrated teams by forcing four times African champions, Ghana to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night in Ismailia.

Michael Pote gave Benin a shock second-minute lead in the Group F match before goals from brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew put Ghana 2-1 ahead at halftime.

But Ghana were stunned in the 55th minute when defender John Boye, already booked, stepped up to take a free kick inside his own half, moved away to let a team mate take it and was given a second yellow card, apparently for time-wasting.

Pote then equalised for Benin with his second of the night in the 64th minute, diverting a low shot into the net after a short corner. Following the opening round of games, Cameroon top the group with three points following their 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau earlier on Tuesday.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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