Cameroon is and will remain the peat factory at this year’s Africa Cup, at least for the time being. After the 2: 1 at the start and a difficult run-up against outsiders Ethiopia, the Indomitable Lions turned up a lot. Vincent Aboubakar in particular made an impression again.
Has already scored four goals in just two games at the start of the Africa Cup: Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar.
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The whole of the 1st matchday of this year’s major tournament on the African continent was still fairly manageable: In the twelve games there had been two zero numbers and nine 1-0 wins. Only Cameroon’s 2-1 opening win against Burkina Faso had more to offer so far – and the previous “Africa Cup of Nations peat factory” Cameroon immediately offered more.
However, first in the sleepy back team in the duel with the clear outsider Ethiopia: His striker Hotessa was really allowed to push in from close range after a cross pass from the right side, because sometimes no central defender felt responsible (4th minute). The answer came promptly: After a crashing shot from Aboubakar, which goalkeeper Shanko had parried well to the side, the number stayed hot – and in the end Toko Ekambi was allowed to nod off into the empty goal after a clean cross (8th).
Two goals in such a short time, that wasn’t even used at the Africa Cup before. And it would have been more possible: On the one hand, the really cheeky outsider left chances (Gebremichael missed in the 18th and failed against Onana in the 24th), on the other hand, goalscorer Toko Ekambi headed up close to the crossbar (39th). And because Dagnachew also despaired of Cameroon’s goalkeeper Onana from Ajax Amsterdam (45th + 1), it remained at the absolutely fair 1: 1 at the break.
Aboubakar and Toko Ekambi are too much
In the second section, however, the mass should be read for the underdog. The pressure of the highly preferred Indomitable Lions was now fully there from minute 46, while the strength and resistance of the Ethiopians dwindled more and more.
The result: Aboubakar, the captain of Cameroon, came up powerfully – and managed to hit the ball to the 2: 1 (53rd) that was deserved at the time. At the same time the resistance of the Ethiopians was broken, which was shown by the quickly following 3: 1. Aboubakar, who screwed his account straight to four with the second brace in the second Africa Cup game (55th), took action again. And when the 1: 1 shooter Toko Ekambi literally nibbled the entire back team of the outsider, the mass was over (67th).
With 4: 1 – the two-time preparer Fai hit the post (90th) – Cameroon took the second victory in the second game, took the lead in Group A and was responsible for the highest-scoring game of this tournament. While no other nation had even scored two goals at the time, the Indomitable Lions had already scored six goals.