Defending champions Cameroon start their title protection immediately as they face Guinea-Bissau whereas Ghana will open their AFCON marketing campaign as they go up in opposition to Benin.
Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau
Date: 25th June 2019
Time: 19:00 CET
Venue: Ismailia Stadium
Cameroon supervisor Clarence Seedorf has stated him and the workforce are nonetheless assured of a very good begin tonight regardless of the delaying of their departure due to a row over bonuses.
They’d solely left for Egypt on Friday and had staged a sit-in protest due to this delay.
“We’re serene and we all know why we’re right here. At no second has the workforce spirit modified. Now we have a joyful group, with gamers who know what showing in such an occasion represents,” stated the previous AC Milan midfielder.
“Truly the bonus disaster has bolstered the workforce spirit and the dedication throughout the squad to carry out effectively. There was some rigidity however the gamers have behaved maturely and so they’ve determined to be right here to struggle for Cameroon.
Quelques pictures de la séance d’entraînement des #LionsIndomptables du 24 juin 2019 au stade de leur hôtel à Ismailia#TOTALAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/rgqFkvVKMj
— Fecafoot-Officiel (@FecafootOfficie) June 25, 2019
“Bonus rows should not one thing specific to Cameroon or Africa, I’ve seen related occasions the world over however we don’t need to let this distort our ambition.
“The gamers have maintained the identical depth and focus. The workforce is prepared and so they can’t wait to begin the primary match.”
Whereas The Indomitable Lions have loads of expertise on this competitors their opponents Guinea-Bissau are making solely their second event look in historical past.
They claimed their first level via a 1-1 draw with Gabon in 2017 however have greater hopes this time round after topping their qualifying group.
“Our first ambition at this second is to get via the primary part and to try to attain the quarter-finals,” stated coach Baciro Cande. “Our first Cup of Nations was nice publicity.
“We bought an opportunity to take part however we didn’t have the expertise, however this second time now we have extra likelihood. We all know prematurely that Guinea-Bissau is a small nation and we wouldn’t have the energy that the opposite international locations have like Cameroon and Ghana.
“We’ll look to our strengths in each sport and I guarantee you that Guinea-Bissau will give a very good account of themselves.”
Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau’s solely earlier encounter within the Africa Cup of Nations resulted in a 2-1 win for Cameroon within the 2017 group phases.
Cameroon predicted lineup (5-Three-2) – Onana; Dawa, Banana, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Oyongo, Toko Ekambi; Anguissa, N’Jie, Mandjeck; Djoum, Bassogog
Guinea-Bissau predicted lineup (Four-2-Three-1) – Mendes; Dabo, Silva, Soares, Cande; Soares, Junior; Silva, Zezinho, Piqueti; Mendy
Ghana vs Benin
Date: 25th June 2019
Time: 22:00 CET
Venue: Ismailia Stadium
The Black Stars want to kickstart their AFCON marketing campaign in good vogue as they tackle Benin quickly after the Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau match.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah believes the workforce’s captaincy problem is behind them, believing they’re now effectively ready for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Black Stars start their marketing campaign in opposition to Benin on Tuesday, however their build-up to the event was marred by Asamoah Gyan’s retirement, a choice he backtracked on, as he was eliminated as captain.
#BlackStars Workforce Coordinator Stephen Appiah has a message for all of us. #GoGhana #TotalAFCON2019 #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/FeoxiQL3MO
— Ghana Soccer Affiliation (@ghanafaofficial) June 25, 2019
Andre Ayew was as a substitute named skipper, with the returning Gyan given the function of ‘basic captain’.
However Appiah insists there’s unity inside his Ghana workforce.
“The captaincy is nothing,” he stated, showing alongside Ayew. “A very powerful factor is to have unity within the camp.
“I feel that is the most effective camp I’ve ever witnessed in my six or eight camps with the nationwide workforce.”
Benin nationwide workforce pre-match presser begins. Coach Michel Dussuyer and Captain, Stephane Sessegnon pic.twitter.com/EuXW1KW32Q
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Benin have by no means been previous the group stage of an AFCON event, whereas Ghana are four-time winners, but Appiah says there will likely be no complacency from his aspect.
“Fashionable soccer has modified and there’s no approach you possibly can under-rate any workforce and each workforce is pushing,” he stated. “However I imagine in my gamers.
“I’ve full confidence in them and I do know they are going to ship.
“All of the groups in our group are robust however an important factor is making ready effectively to face them and that’s what now we have finished.”
Ghana predicted lineup (Four-Four-2) – Ofori; Yiadom, Kasim, Asamoah, Agbenyenu; Thomas, Boye, Atsu, J.Ayew; A.Ayew, Agyepong
Benin predicted lineup (Four-2-Three-1) – Farnolle; Fassinou, Adenon, Guero, Kiki; Seibou, Adeoti; Dossou, Sessegnon, Djigla; Mounie
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