Cameroon begin AFCON title defence with win over Guinea-Bissau

Cameroon's forward Stephane Bahoken (R) celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau at the Ismailia Stadium on June 25 , 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Cameroon’s players celebrate their opening goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau at the Ismailia Stadium on June 25 , 2019. (Photo credit OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending champions Cameroon beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on Tuesday in their Group F opener at the Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt.

The Indomitable Lions eventually broke Guinea-Bissau’s resolve following a goalless first half with two quick-fire goals in the second half.

Yaya Banana broke the deadlock on 66 minutes rising highest to head in a corner kick from Karl Toko Ekambi.

Stephane Bahoken then doubled the reigning champions lead three minutes later when he slotted home after a cross from the left was deflected into his path as Guinea-Bissau tried to clear the ball.

As a result, Cameroon is top of the group with three points while Guinea-Bissau is bottom. Ghana and Benin were scheduled to play later on Tuesday.