Cameroon were held to a frustrating one all draw by a resolute 10-man Guinea in their Africa Cup of Nations opener in Yamoussoukro on Monday January 15, 2024.
Mohamed Bayo had given Guinea a shock early lead before captain Francois Kamano was sent off in first-half stoppage time following a VAR review for standing on Frank Magri’s foot.
Magri’s header levelled things up six minutes into the second half, but Cameroon could not find a winner past the well-organised Guinea defence.
The indomitable lions of Cameroon who were missing injured captain Vincent Aboubakar, started with Fabrice Ondoa in goal.
Guinea, without Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy, took a shock lead in the 10th minute of play when Cameroon midfielder Olivier Kemen lost possession on the edge of the penalty area and Le Havre forward Bayo stabbed the loose ball to strike past Ondoa.
Cameroon looked for a swift response as captain Frank Anguissa headed wide at the far post.
Guinea defender Sekou Sylla tried a long-range effort to catch Ondoa off his line, but the back-pedalling Nimes keeper was relieved to see the ball drop onto the roof of the net.
Guinea were reduced to 10 in first half stoppage time with team captain Komano sent off.
Cameroon equalised six minutes into the second half when Magri got up at the back post to head in Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s deep cross from the left.
Just after the hour, Guinea midfielder Aguibou Camara burst clear on the right but was brought down by Cameroon defender Harold Moukoudi, who was shown a yellow card.
Cameroon pressed for a late winner, with N’Koudou glancing a header wide before Guinea keeper Ibrahim Kone saved from Karl Toko at point-blank range as the 10 men held out to grab a point.
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