Ghana's hopes of reaching the final of the GoTV Wafu Cup goes to wire a after 1-0 loss to Benin on Saturday on match-day-2 of the competition.
The defeat hands the initiative to the Squirrels who go joint-top with Burkina Faso in Group B after the Burkinabes also won by a similar scoreline against Sierra Leone through a goal by Oumarou Nibie in the other group match.
A second half goal by from the spot by Cedric Corea helped Benin to the famous victory over Ghana's 10-man home-based national team at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Midfielder Emmanuel Asante received a straight red card for a foul on Benin's Lazadi Fousseni.
The outcome of the second day of matches in the group means, the final day fixtures would prove crucial for joint-leaders Benin and Burkina Faso and hosts Ghana.
Ghana must win their last game at the group stages against Burkina Faso to boost their chances of qualifying to the knock-out stages.
Sierra Leone are out of contention for a place in the final or a third-place fixture.
On Monday, Ghana will play Burkina Faso in Kuamsi while Benin entertain Sierra Leone at the Len Clay Stadium.
The winner of the group will progress to the final and meet the top side from Group B while the second placed team in each group will vie for third position.