Ghana began their 2019 African Cup of Nation with a disappointing result after they failed to beat Benin who were considered underdogs heading into the game. The Squirrels managed to secure a 2-2 draw against 10-man Ghana after Black Stars had a player sent off.
Beninese forward Mickael Pote stunned the Black Stars with a second-minute goal in the match before brothers Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew scored in the 9th and 42nd minutes respectively to put Ghana 2-1 heading into the halftime break.
Ghana was dealt a huge blow in the 55th minute when their defender John Boye was sent off for a second bookable when he stepped up to take a free kick inside his own half and later moved away for his teammate to take, a move the ref deemed to be a time-wasting tactic.
Pote took advantage of the opponents’ numerical disadvantage to sneak into Ghana’s goal area and equalised in the 64th minute with his second of the match.
But who is this Mickael Pote?
Mickael Pote currently plays for Turkey-based club Adana Demirspor as a forward. He was born on 24 September 1984 in Lyon, France. The 34-year-old began his professional career in 2003 at Grenoble Foot, where he played only three games in his first season. He then moved to Cannes where he stayed for three years, scoring 9 goals in 51 games.
Pote joined Clermont Foot in the 2007 Summer where he scored 5 goals in 36 games. On 26 June 2009, The Beninese signed a three-year-contract with Ligue 1 side Nice. On August 2011, Pote left France and signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga club Dynamo Dresden.
Pote then moved to Omonia in 2014, where he emerged Cypriot’s League top scorer with 17 goals in a season. In the 2015-2016 season, he played for Adana Demirspor at Turkish 1st Division and won the top scorer title with his 20 goals and he is currently playing for the Turkish club.
Mickael Pote took the place of Benin Captain and mainstay Stéphane Sessègnon, who was serving a suspension after receiving a red card in the team’s final Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria.
Pote will be looking forward to adding to his goal count on Saturday when they meet Guinea-Bissau before concluding their group stage matches against Cameroon on Tuesday next week.