Afcon 2019: A draw against Benin is reasonable after red card - Ghana coach Appiah

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The Black Stars boss reflects on Tuesday's draw against the Squirrels in Group F at the continental gathering

Ghana coach James Appiah believes a draw is a good result under the circumstances after his 10-man Ghana team were held 2-2 by Benin at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt on Tuesday. 

After going down to a Mickael Pote strike in under two minutes, the Black Stars fought back to end the first half 2-1 up courtesy of goals from captain Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan Ayew. 

John Boye's sending off for a second bookable offence on 54 minutes, however, gave Benin a numerical advantage. The Squirrels made the most of the situation as they turned on the heat on Ghana, leading to a Pote equaliser in the 63rd minute. 

"It was a good game," Appiah said at the post-match conference. 

"We didn't concentrate in the first half.

"In the second half, it was hard to play with 10 players. A draw is reasonable.

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"I didn't lose hope in my team. Wait for us in the next game."

The Black Stars next face defending champions Cameroon on Saturday before squaring off against Guinea-Bissau in their last group game on July 2.

 

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