Ghana has began the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against West African neighbours Benin.

Coach Kwesi Appiah named his lineup to face Benin nine hours before kick-off as the Black Stars seek to start this year’s tournament on a good note.

How have they fared in their AFCON openers since 2000?

3 wins ✅
2 losses❌
3 draws🤝#JoyAFCON #AFCON2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #BlackStars #FootballTogether #GoGhana #GHABEN

— JoySports #JoyAFCON (@JoySportsGH) June 25, 2019

Despite the team failing to score in earlier friendly matches, the performance exhibited according to Joy Sports’ tournament correspondent, Benedict Owusu, who watched the games, was very impressive.

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The shock omission was vice-captain of the side Kwadwo Asamoah who was expected to play in a midfield role. The Inter Milan star was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies.