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CLASH OF TITANS AS FORMER CHAMPIONS, GHANA AND CAMEROON PLAY IN GROUP F

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The atmosphere is expected to be electric as two Africa Cup of Nations’ heavyweights clash at the Ismailia. It is a long awaited duel brings in the memory of the 2017 semi finals and other clashes of the two rivals who have between them nine titles.

Cameroon, the defending champions however have the edge having been able to beat Guinea Bissau in their first match while Ghana struggled to a 2-2 draw with Benin.

The Ghanaians are therefore condemned to seek for victory while a draw could still see Cameroon through to the next stage after the last match day of the group.

Renowned for their consistency in the competition, the Ghanaian have qualified for every quarter final phase of the competition since 2008.

Ranked 48th as per the FIFA rankings released in April, Ghana had some torrid build up to this year’s AFCON.

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But, Appiah says that the situation is now behind them and they are focused on the tough task against the Indomitable Lions.

The biggest question on everybody’s lips if whether there will be chances of Asamoah Gyan being involved in the tie after watching the Benin draw from the bench. The question remains to be solved.

The Cameroonians who are the tournament’s defending champions will come into this tough duel as favorites but, they can always count on their tough and dependable defense especially with the return of Collins Fai from suspension.

The matches between Cameroon and Ghana are generally hotly contested in the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

1982 : Cameroon 0 – 0 Ghana (Group stage)

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2000 : Ghana 1 – 1 Cameroun (Group stage)

2008 : Ghana 0 – 1 Cameroun (Semi-final)

2017 : Cameroon 2-0 Ghana (Semi-final)

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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