Andre Onana was not included in Cameroon's team to face Guinea as 28-year-old Nimes goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa was chosen to start by Rigobert Song.
Andre Onana was not included in Cameroon’s team to face Guinea as 28-year-old Nimes goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa was chosen to start by Rigobert Song.
Mohammed Bayo scored in the 10th minute to give Guinea the lead after he was in the right place to get to a rebound inside the box and gleefully rifled the ball low into the middle of the net.
Guinea was in firm control of the game until Francois Kamano got his marching orders after the referee had consulted VAR in the 2nd minute of the additional time in the first half.
Cameroon commenced the second half with a man advantage and capitalised on it to equalise in the 51st minute. Frank Magri met a cross and found the back of the net with a fine header.
Guinea managed to steal a point after playing the entire second half with 10 men as Cameroon will rue the lack of power in their attack.
In Group D’s first game, Angola secured a crucial point against the much fancied Algeria in Bouake. Baghdad Bounedjah opened the scoring in the 18th minute for the Fennec Foxes.
A beautiful scissor kick was scored by Bounedjah in the 25th minute but it was ruled out due to offside.
Mabululu scored from the penalty kick to steal a point for Angola in the 68th minute. Angola will feel like the winners as they have been able to secure a point against the star-studded Algeria.