Benin wait goes on after Guinea-Bissau stalemate

first_img0Shares0000Stephane Sessegnon (L) was unable to inspire Benin to victory on his return from suspension © AFP / OZAN KOSEISMAILIA, Egypt, Jun 30 – Benin’s long wait for a first win at the Africa Cup of Nations was extended Saturday by Guinea-Bissau following an attritional goalless draw in Ismailia, the tournament’s third in a row.After a creditable 2-2 draw with Ghana in their first game in Egypt, Benin have now gone 11 matches without a victory in the competition dating back to their debut in 2004. Only Mozambique, with 12, have played more games in the competition without recording a win.Guinea-Bissau, who appeared for the first time in this competition in 2017, picked up their first point in Group F as both sides remained in contention for a place in the last 16. Holders Cameroon top the section on four points, with Benin and four-time champions Ghana level on two.Angola and Mauritania started the day with a 0-0 draw in Suez after the previous 21 matches produced 43 goals. Cameroon and Ghana then played out a goalless stalemate in the first game of the doubleheader in the northern city of Ismailia.Sori Mane rifled wide from distance in a rare opportunity for a Guinea-Bissau side ranked 118th in the world, 30 places behind their opponents.Former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon returned to the Benin line-up after suspension but it was Huddersfield forward Steve Mounie who had his team’s best chances, drawing a sharp save from Jonas Mendes and then heading over unmarked from a Sessegnon free-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tottenham MUST fight for a top four spot next year, insists Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted the club must be ambitious in their quest for a top four finish next season.Spurs completed their 2014/15 Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, thanks to a goal from hotshot Harry Kane, helping them claim fifth spot.In the end the Argentine’s men were just six points off fourth placed Manchester United, who return to the Champions League, and Pochettino wants to see his side battle for a place in the competition from the get go next season.He said: “The mentality is right [to fight for a top four spot].“Our challenge next season is trying to fight from the beginning of the season for the top four but finishing above Liverpool, Everton and Southampton is a big thing.“This season it was difficult to achieve a top four finish but we need to try and fight for it next season. We need to be ambitious. This is the most important thing.”last_img read more

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