CHERRIES striker Antoine Semenyo played the full 90 minutes of Ghana’s 2-2 draw with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving the Black Stars’ hopes of progression in the balance.

West Ham star Mohamed Kudus twice gave Ghana the lead, with Egypt pegging the Black Stars back through Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed to ensure the spoils were shared.

Semenyo led the line for Chris Hughton’s side as Ghana looked to bounce back following a shock 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in their tournament opener.

The Egyptians, captained by Liverpool’s Mo Salah, were also looking for their first win of Group B following a 1-1 draw with Mozambique.

Former Bristol City man Semenyo looked lively early on, a combination of Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy and the offside flag denying the striker in the seventh minute.

But most of the action was consigned to injury time at the end of the half. Egypt’s talisman Salah was forced off with injury, before Kudus thundered home the opener.

There was almost an equaliser shortly after the restart, the offside flag saving Ghana after some lax defending at a free kick.

But Egypt would find their equaliser on 69 minutes, Marmoush capitalising upon Inaki Williams’ poor back pass to level.

That kicked off a spell of goals, with Kudus grabbing his brace 142 seconds after the equaliser.

But by the 74th minute, parity was restored. Another Ghanaian mistake saw Osman Bukari pickpocketed inside his own area, allowing Mohamed to poke home.

Ghana face Mozambique in their last Group B game on Monday, January 22, whilst Egypt face Cape Verde.

The Black Stars are now bottom of their pool, requiring a win against Mozambique to keep their AFCON hopes alive.