AFCON 2019: Cameroon, Ghana Encounter Mixed Fortunes Ahead of Tournament Kick-Off

Defending champions Cameroon edged Zambia 2-1 while Ghana lost 1-0 to Namibia on Sunday in warm-up matches for ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on 21st June in Egypt.

In their first friendly ahead of the 24-nation tournament led by AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf, The Indomitable Lions built a two-goal lead through Paul-Georges Ntep and Joel Tagueu in Madrid.

Mwape Musonda, the leading scorer this season in the South African Premiership, halved the deficit 13 minutes from time for Zambia who will be absent from this year’s tournament.

Five-time African champions Cameroon have been grouped with West African counterparts Ghana, Benin, and Guinea-Bissau in Group F at the continental showpiece.

In Dubai, Manfred Starke scored after 31 minutes as Namibia won 1-0 against four-time former champions Ghana, who replaced all 11 starters at half-time.

The result will lift the spirits of the Brave Warriors before facing more fancied Ivory Coast, Morocco, and South Africa in Group D, regarded as the toughest of the six first-round sections.