Banana breaks stubborn Guinea-Bissau resistance for Indomitable Lions in AFCON 2019 clash

Cameroon defender, Yaya Banana, opened scoring for a dominant Indomitable Lions team in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash with a stubborn Guinea-Bissau side in Ismaila on June 25.

Georges Mandjeck of Cameroon wins the header ahead of Frederic Mendy of Guinea-Bissau during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals game between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau at Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt on 25 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Greece-based defender scored for the AFCON defending champions with a 66th minute header to finally break the stubborn Guinea-Bissau’s resistance.

Banana’s was quickly followed by an opportunistic second scored by substitute Stephane Bahoken just two minutes after coming on for Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum.

But for a long time in the match, it looked like Guinea-Bissau would succeed in frustrating the efforts of Seedorf’s men to begin their AFCON title defence with a win.

Clarence Seedorf, Head Coach of Cameroon during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals game between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau at Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt on 25 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Christian Bassogog was the biggest culprit of the best chances that fell Cameroon’s way before Banana’s opener, wasting a couple of first half chances that fell to his path.

Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper, Jonas Mendes, pulled off a great save to deny Joyskim Tchakonte 10 minutes before half time before also denying Cameroon captain and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, early in the second half.

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Mendes’ goal was finally found by two quick-fire goals by Banana and Bahoken as Cameroon earned a victory their dominance deserved.

The result from Group F puts the AFCON defending champions top of the table pending the score from the other group match between west African rivals, Ghana and Benin Republic, later on June 25.

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