The second round of matches in Group F began with Cameroon holding Ghana to a scoreless draw in Ismailia.
The Black Stars, smarting from their opening draw against Benin, made three changes to their side, one of which was enforced due to the sending off of John Boye four days prior.
Kwesi Appiah’s side edged the early exchanges, with Thomas Partey blazing a presentable chance from just inside the penalty area over the top. However, Cameroon grew into the game and came close on a few occasions.
First, Clinton Njie reacted quickly after Christian Bassogog’s quick pass over the top put him clear, and his fierce shot was blocked behind by goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
Ghana were grateful to Ofori again later in the half, as an unmarked Bassogog was on the end of an inviting cutback by Karl Toko Ekambi, only for the goalkeeper to deny him with an outstretched arm.
The second half really only sparked into life late on, as in the final 10 minutes both teams appeared bent on going for the win. Substitute Kwabena Owusu was closest to finally breaking the deadlock, seizing upon an error in the Cameroon defence to run at the last defender, before smashing an effort off the crossbar.
The points, however, were shared: both sides have their destinies in their hands, and will go into their final matches knowing victory will do for a place in the Round of 16.