Mozambique denied Benin their first win at the Africa Cup of Nations after coming back from two goals drown to draw 2-2 in their Group C encounter on Tuesday in Benguela.
Benin started the game on a high note with hit man Razak Omotoyossi leading the line. The pressure soon paid off when on 13 minutes Omotoyossi broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Mozambican goalie Cossa Albino had brought him down in the penalty area.
The pressure from Benin continued and they were soon rewarded with a second goal five minutes later as Mozambican defender Dario Khan scored an own goal in an attempt to clear his lines.
The tide soon turned as Mozambique raised their game and were soon able to claw back a goal on the 28th minute when midfielder Almira Lobo headed home from a corner kick to take the score to 2-1
The spirited recovery from Mozambique continued in the second half as the Mozambican attack led by veteran captain Manuel Bucuane nicknamed “Tico Tico,” kept the Benin Defence constantly busy.
The Mozambicans finally got their reward On 55 minutes, as Goncalves Fumo connected home from a fast throw-in after Benin goalie Yoann Djidonou had cleared the ball away.
From then on it was the Mozambicans all the way for the remainder of the game and captain Bucuane was denied the winner in the closing stages by Benin goalkeeper Djidonou, who spilled away the formers goal bound low pile effort, to the dismay of the Mozambicans.