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The Teranga lions of Cameroon commenced their title defense of the Africa Cup of Nations crown with a defeat of Guinea-Bissau 2-0.

Yaya Banana opened the scoring for the Indomitable Lions, heading low into the net from Karl Toko Ekambi’s cross.

While Stephane Bahoken took advantage of a defensive mix-up three minutes later to seal the points for Clarence Seedorf’s side.

The five-time winners started slowly in Ismailia but grew into the game as the first half progressed, spurning several good opportunities to break the deadlock before the interval.

However Christian Bassogog failed to hit the target from good positions on two occasions, while Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa sidefooted wide from Bassogog’s pass.

Piqueti went closest for Guinea-Bissau, heading against the post from Nadjack’s delivery.

Cameroon’s tournament preparations were disrupted by a row over bonuses, with the Indomitable Lions squad staging a sit-in protest before departing for Egypt.

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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