2019 AFCON: John Boye receives first red card

Author: Bernard Neequaye
John Boye
John Boye

Ghana’s defender, John Boye, became the first player to be showed red card in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament currently ongoing in Egypt.

His early exit in the game cost the Black Stars as they had to surrender a 2-1 lead to draw 2-2 draw with the Squirrels of Benin at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt.

Boye is expected to miss Ghana’s next game against Cameroun after receiving a second yellow card in the 55th minute for time wasting during the game.

The 32-year-old expressed shock after he was given the marching orders by Tunisian referee Youssef Essrayri despite being warned earlier by the referee.

Ghana won a free-kick in their own half and after Boye picked the ball wasted some time to restart the game, he then left and invited goalkeeper, Richard Ofori, to take the kick.

This was considered as deliberate time wasting by the referee who sent Boye out for an early shower.

Ghana went down in the second minute through Mickael Pote before skipper Andre Ayew equalised seven minutes later.

Jordan Ayew gave the Stars a deserved lead in the 42nd minute after Nuhu Kasim had spotted Jordan Ayew with a long pass for him to shoot from close range into the top right corner of the net, leaving Benin goalkeeper Fabien Farnolle helpless.

However, Pote restored parity for Benin when he finished off a sublime move with a delightful back-heel goal to ensure his side earned a point.