Cameroon hosts AFCON. Burkina Faso wins thanks to Vincent Aboubakar brace

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CAMEROON 2-1 BURKINA FSO: Two goals by Captain Vincent Aboubakar led the hosts to victory after Andre Onana’s mistake gifted the visitors an early lead

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Cameroon was the host for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, winning 2-1 against Burkina Faso.

Vincent Aboubakar’s brace helped the five-time champions to recover from a goal down in Yaounde and win all three points.

The tournament was a huge success, with thousands of fans delighted to see it at the Olembe Stadium. It had been delayed for 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The afternoon opened with a vibrant ceremony featuring dancing, singing, and even a gigantic replica of the trophy.

Cameroon led proceedings from the beginning, boasting the largest possession and making three misguided attempts at Herve Koffi’s goal.

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The visitors scored in the 24th minute and they made a mistake.

Bertrand Traore, Burkina Faso’s skipper and Aston Villa ace, saw his header clear the line before Andre Onana, Ajax’s stopper, had a moment to remember.

Rumoured Inter Milan target flapped at ball as it was crossed in from the left. The exact same thing happened when a third attack was delivered from the right.

Gustavo Sangare plays for Ligue 2 team Quevilly-Rouen and was waiting for Onana’s second error when he fired in a spectacular volley to score his first goal.

Burkina Faso didn’t celebrate for too long. Cameroon received two penalties right before the end of half-time. Al-Nassr striker Aboubakar was their skipper and calmly converted both.

Aboubakar did not get his hat trick, as VAR judged him narrowly offside after he had scored the third goal in the second period.

Cameroon will now try to secure their spot in the knockout phase of the AFCON by scoring three points against Ethiopa, on Thursday.

Burkina Faso will be looking to bounceback against Cape Verde on Sunday night – who take on Ethiopa that evening.

Geremi, an ex-international from Cameroon who won the tournament twice in 2000 and 2002 has supported his country to compete for the title.

“You don’t have to play very well to win the tournament, but you must take it game by game,”The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star spoke out about his experiences. Daily MailBefore Sunday’s game

“There are six matches in total and it can go by in a flash, so it is important to hit the ground running.

“There are several top candidates who could win the competition. Algeria, the defending champions, is expected to win again. Senegal, who are tournament favourites, have a strong squad to their advantage. Morocco also has a strong squad.

“Yet I am confident that my beloved Cameroon can challenge… I wish every team good luck and hopefully Cameroon can go all the way!”