The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 opened spectacularly as Aboubakar Vincent defied their recent fine form to score two past Burkina Faso and record the biggest win by the host nation in the opening game of the Nations cup
Firmin Sanon team has not won in their last two games and had built a mindset to beat the Lions on home soil
As the man in black from Algeria Mustapha Ghorbal blast his whistle for the official kickoff, Fai Collins was brought down just a few meters to the danger zone by the Burkina Faso defender Steeve Fabrid Yago who was later penalized with a yellow card
Cameroon Lion in the early hours of the game missed an opportunity when Captain Vincent Aboubaka miss his target at the 8th minute of play
Karl Brillant Toko Ekambi after a drilling performance shot the ball outside for a goal kick at the 14th minutes
With Cameroon Winning a better share of ball possession with 63%, they got carried away with the mammoth crowd and conceded a goal from a corner setpiece with a clinical header from the Burkina Faso Midfielder Gustavo Fabrice Sangare at the 24th minute to put the visitors ahead in Olembe
But in front of a largely partisan crowd of 60,00 at the Paul Biya Stadium Vincent Abourbaka equalized at the penalty spot after Frank Zambo Anguissa was brought down at the penalty box and Confirmed by VAR to Level at 1-1 at the 40th minutes
The Lions Continue their attacking threat and just at the stroke of half time Nouhou was brought down for another penalty that was well converted by Captain Vincent Aboubaka take his goal tally to 29 goals for the national team
Cameroon 2️⃣ – 1️⃣ Burkina Faso
The Second half started with no changes from both sides and Cameroon continued with a dominance of possession before Vincent Aboubakar third goal was was rude out for an offside
Coach Antonio Da Silva Conceicao made some changes to his attack by substituting Karl Toko Ekami for Eric Maxim Choupo Moting and Njie Clinton came in for Pierre Kunda Malong at the 69th minute.
The Portuguese Tactician needed more goals from his attack and his tactics almost paid off when Moumi Ngamaleu Lopez in across to Njie Clinton and his first touch was fantastic but his shot went off target
At the 71st Vincent Aboubakar Combine with Erick Maxi with a drilling performance but Fai Collins could not hit the target to kill the game.
And as the match moved into injury time, Burkina Faso step up their game but could not find the back of the net despite their many shot on goal
It put the seal on a sensational and unexpected start to the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations for the hosts – and gives them a real chance of qualifying from the group stage.
Cameroon 2️⃣ – 1️⃣ Burkina Faso
Let Me Entertain You
Singer Fally Ipupa performed during a colorful opening ceremony before the match, marking the start of a feast of football that will see 52 games played at 6 venues over the next month.
Fally went through Some of his biggest hits in front of a largely appreciative crowd that featured football fans from all over the world as well as a large Africa contingent.
A lengthy address from CAF President Dr. Motsepe was followed by a short speech from Cameroon president Paul Biya who opened the football jamboree – but eventually, the words ended and the football finally began.
All Uphill From Here
Sunday’s match was crucial for each side’s aspirations of qualifying from the group and the result leaves Firmin Sanon Burkina Faso with a huge task in front of them.
They made an experience look like world beaters and seemed to be arguing among themselves from the early stages as they were repeatedly caught out of position.
Man of the match – Aboubakar Vincent (Cameroon)
He scored two goals, provided a big performance, and showed some real quality in possession