- Cameroon remains unbeaten by Ethiopia
- Cameroon has qualified for the knockout stages
- Aboubakar Vincent takes his goal tally to 31 for his country
After winning the opener of the TotalEnergues Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon was up against Ethiopia at Olembe Stadium for their second group stage appearance on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia launches its second campaign after losing the opener last time around.
Coach Antonio Conceicao opted for a 4-4-2 formation with three changes from his last game bring on Jean Charles Castelletto in place of informing Jerome Junior Onguene, Pierre Kunde Malong space was occupied by Matin Hongla while Eric Maxim Choupo- Moting who had just 21 minutes in the last game came in for Samue Yves Oum Gout the midfield wonderboy
Coach Wubetu Abate Wubetu still entrusted his hope on his starting 11 making online one change by bringing on Captain Mesud Mussa who had just 15 minutes in replaced St George SC forward Gathouch Yeah and decided to maintain his preferred 4-3-3
Both teams started the games with a lot of momentum going forward immediately the DR Congo referee blasted the whistle.
Antonio Conceicao’s men were taken by surprise when a beautiful cross from Amanuael Gebremichael from the left into the box was well converted by Dawa Dukele at the 4th minute to give Ethiopia the lead
Just a Moment when Ethiopia began celebrating and which never lasted for long, Cameroon indomitable lion recovered from the shock when Fai Collin Ngorgan capital from a rebound to give a well-anticipated cross from the right flank and was converted by Karl Toko Ekambi with a super header for an equalizer
The lions began dominating a lot of possession which led to a goal from a beautiful cross from Karl Toko Ekambi to Moumi Ngamaleu for a second goal but unfortunately for him, the goal was rude for offside by second assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot
Ethiopia we’re frustrated with just a few minutes left to halftime when Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post with a strong header at the 39 minutes
Both teams played quality football in the first quarter with almost equal ball possession but the Lions had the greater share of possession. At half time it was one apiece
CAMEROON 1️⃣ – 1️⃣ ETHIOPIA
The second segment began with the lions reminding themselves they are playing at the newly constructed 60 000 capacity Paul Biya stadium
The lions took the leader at the 53rd minute with a beautiful combination from Zambo Anguissa to Erick Maxim to Fai Collins who spotted Aboubakar Vincent for a clinical finish to give the lions its second goal of the night and his 30th goal for his country
With the pressure on Ethiopia trying to get an equalizer, captain Aboubakar Vincent made it three just two minutes later for Cameroon from a scintillating cross from Moumi Ngamaleu to take Aboubakar’s goal tally to 31 for team Cameroon
Ethiopians elevated their play and dominated the greater share of possession but could not hit a target.
The Lions made it four when Karl Toko Ekambi with individual performance takes three defenders to get his goal with a mouthwatering goal at the 67 minutes
Coach Wubetu Abate borough in Bezabeth and Shimeket with 17 minutes left to reduce the deficit but it was too late for his team as the boys of Antonio Conceicao left no space for errors in the second quarter
Wubetu’s men did not have the best of starts as they went behind to Dawa Dukele’s 4th-minute strike but went on to claim all three points courtesy of a pair of second-half goals from Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi
As a result, the Indomitable Lions are top of Group A at the moment and have confirmed their place in the last 16 by securing yet another win in Yaounde.
However, the Ethiopians are the first team to be eliminated from the competition as they had a Negative result against the host nation
CAMEROON 4️⃣ – 1️⃣ ETHIOPIA
MAN OF THE MATCH
The man of the match was awarded to Karl Toko Ekambi who had a perfect game with two goals and four shot on target