The Black Stars of Ghana will begin their AFCON 2019 campaign against Benin at the Ismail Stadium on Tuesday، 25 June at 10:00 pm CLT.
The Ismailia Stadium will not be a new venue to the Black Stars who lost to Zimbabwe in a Group D match at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations to exit the tournament.
Ghana will take on defending champions Cameroon in the second group game at the same venue in four days time.
The Stars have lost to Cameroon in their two previous meetings in the competition.
The Indomitable Lions eliminated Ghana from the competition in the 2008 and 2017 editions at the semi-final stage respectively.
Ghana hasn’t won the Africa Cup of Nations since their fourth success in 1982. They’ve been incredibly successful throughout their time in this competition, but they’ve been nearly men on so many occasions. They’ve reached the semis at the last six tournaments dating back to 2008 when they were the hosts. Two final defeats, a third-place finish and three fourth-place finishes have followed. Can Ghana turn things around in 2019?
The Ghanaians head to Egypt full of hope. Their record alone makes them contenders to reach the latter stages, while they have talented players who can make the difference, such as The Ayew and Thomas Partey.
Meanwhile, Benin has made this tournament despite facing Algeria and Togo in qualifying. However, they booked their place with three home wins, while they took one point on the road and scored only one goal.
Benin isn’t the biggest side at the tournament, while they are clearly a team who could struggle to adapt to playing in Egypt. They’ve warmed up with back to back friendly victories, while there are no names which jump out from their squad.