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AFCON 2019: all matches for Tuesday، June 25

Tuesday 25/June/2019 - 09:34 AM
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Translated by Hassnein Tayea
Sada El-Balad news website takes a closer look at the Africa Cup of Nations matches on Tuesday.

Reigning champions Cameroon and four-time winners Ghana kick off their respective Group F campaigns in Ismailia on Tuesday.

Cameroon also known as ‘the Lions’ is managed by former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf and would play against Guinea-Bissau at 7:00 pm CLT.

The Black Stars، looking to end their 37-year wait for the trophy، then face a Benin side (10:00 pm CLT) who are taking part in the tournament for the first time since 2010.

Cameroon head into the tournament as defending champions، but preparations have been far from ideal for Seedorf's side.

The Indomitable Lions، who were originally meant to host the competition، staged a sit-in protest over bonus disagreements on Friday and only set off for Egypt after talks with the country's sports officials.

Coach Seedorf will also be without star attackers Vincent Aboubakar and Jean Pierre Nsame due to injuries، while Joel Tagueu was ruled out of the tournament on Monday after being diagnosed with a heart defect.

Guinea-Bissau، Cameroon's opponents on Tuesday، finished bottom of their group in Gabon two years ago but proved tough to beat in qualifying، losing just one of their six matches.

After reaching the semi-finals at each of the last six tournaments، Ghana will be quietly confident of ending their 37-year wait for the title in Egypt.

Having reversed his decision to retire from international football last month following a dispute over the captaincy، the Black Stars' all-time leading goalscorer Asamoah Gyan is appearing at his seventh Africa Cup of Nations.

Gyan has been named Ghana's "general captain"، with Swansea City's Andre Ayew now permanent team captain.

Kwesi Appiah's charges face a tough opener against Benin، who has won all three of their games in 2019 so far.

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