For its entry into the running in its African Cup of Nations at the Paul Biya Yaoundé stadium, Cameroon has not mastered everything, far from it, but has been able to count on the extreme motivation of its troops and a revitalized Vincent Aboubakar, to rule out Burkina Faso (2-1). Author of a double, the former trigger of Beşiktaş was able to hide (in part) the defensive deficiencies of Toni Conceição’s men.
Cameroon 2-1 Burkina Faso
Goals: Aboubakar (40e sp & 45e+3 sp) for Indomitable Lions // Sangaré (24e) for Stallions
Inhabited by their “rallying song”, the Cameroonian national anthem, the Indomitable Lions took their CAN by the horns, despite the strong resistance of Burkina Faso (2-1). Between the flying clods of earth and the first facts of the game, Vincent Aboubakar raised doubts about his physical condition. Deprived of several holders including the central defender Edmond Tapsoba (Bayer Leverkusen) because of the Covid-19, the Burkinabè dug their own grave, but the status of outsider for the rest of the competition suits them rather well.
Aboubakar wants you well
From the start cut by Steeve Yago, the offensive right side Collins Fai learns the hard way: Burkina Faso does not intend to be the punching bag of the host country. If the first opportunity belongs to the Cameroonians, Vincent Aboubakar, the body backwards, does not make fruitful his oriented control (8e). After the waste sequence on the Burkinabè side, Ajaccian Cyrille Bayala puts the spotlight on his burst of speed, slightly annihilated by André Onana with great strides (18e). This is only part of the postponement, since the slow motion of the Indomitable Lions’ ball circulation is taxed on a triple occasion: after a header from Dayo saved on his line by Nouhou Tolo and a shooting center from Sangaré, Bertrand Traoré addresses a second center, taken from the flat of the foot by Gustavo Sangaré in the goal deserted by Onana (0-1, 24e). Feverish in the first act, the future Inter goalkeeper fits into Tapsoba, leaving the Quevilly Rouen Métropole player and the Stallions to celebrate, with a raised fist, the first achievement of CAN 2021. Imprecise on stopped phases, the Lions are however varnished in the opposing surface: Bertrand Traoré hangs Zambo Anguissa, Dayo dries Tolo. Straight as an i and without looking at the ball, captain Vincent Aboubakar assumes his status and converts the two penalties (1-1, 40e) and (2-1, 45e+3). What to restore color to the stadium of Olembé.
The Stallions in the Enclosure
Returned to the place, Cameroon does not manage to take shelter. Neither against, nor thanks to newcomers Njie and Choupo-Moting. Still in the dance, Burkina Faso can count on its leader Bertrand Traoré, concerned: on a distant free kick with a deceptive trajectory, Onana puts his fists at the last moment (47e), before interposing the leg in front of Guira (55e), present in the second blade. Active on the sides, threatening in the area until claiming several penalties, the Stallions however narrowly escaped the treble of Aboubakar, refused for a very questionable offside (59e), after three minutes of stoppage. Installed in a false rhythm, the Indomitable Lions control the last offensive inclinations of Kamou Malo’s men. From an accounting point of view, the African Cup of Nations is off to a good start for the “Kmer” and their foolproof mind, the hemlè. From there to being able to grab a sixth star?
Cameroon (4-1-4-1): A. Onana – Fai, Onguéné, Ngadeu, Tolo – Oum Gouet – Ngamaleu (Bassogog, 81e), Customer (Njie, 69e), Zambo Anguissa, Toko-Ekambi (Choupo-Moting, 69e) – Aboubakar (Neyou, 88e). Breeder: Toni Conception.
Burkina Faso (4-2-3-1): Koffi – I. Kaboré, Dayo, Yago, P. Malo – Guira, Blati Touré – B. Traoré (Bandé, 86e), G. Sangaré, Bayala (Z. Sanogo, 71e) – Abd. Tapsoba (M. Konaté, 71e). Breeder: Kamou Malo.
By Alexandre Lazar