By Afeseh Apong
▪️ Vincent Aboubakar scored his fifth goal of the competition to put Cameroon in front
▪️Garry Rodrigues equalized to earn a point for the Blue Sharks
The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde have played a one all tie with the Indomitable lions of Cameroon, in their last group A game.
Coach Antonio Conceiçao made three changes to the starting XI that defeated Ethiopia on the previous match day. Harold Moukoudi started in the place of Jean Charles Castelletto, Kunde Malong for Choupo Moting and Oum Gouet Samuel for Martin Hongla.
Already qualified for the round of 16, the objective for Antonio Conceiçao and his boys, was to secure at least a point, which will see them finish top of group A, and stay in yaounde for their eight final game.
An electrifying start to the game by the indomitable lions, saw Vincent Aboubakar and his teammates hitting hard on the Sharks defense, but Diney, Roberto Lopes and Stopira, stopped all incursions into their camp.
Moumi Ngamaleu and Fai Collins kept searching from the flanks, until the 39 minute, when the lions won a free kick half way into the Cape Verdean half. Moumi Ngamaleu’s free kick was poorly cleared by the Cape Verde défense, and the rebound felt on the left leg of Vincent Aboubakar, who slotted pass goalkeeper Vozinha, to put Cameroon in front. A lead which the lions took for the break.
Upon resumption for the second half, coach Humberto Bettencourt of Cape Verde brought out Lisandro Semedo and throw in Garry Rodrigues. The substitution which yielded dividends almost instantly.
Nine minutes on, Garry Rodrigues made a good run into Cameroon’s box, and turned home Kenny Santos’ pass with is back heel, to put the game on a parity.
More substitutions followed for Cape Verde, with Joao Paulino, Erikson Lima, Willis Furtado and Steven Fortes all coming on, while Willy Semedo, Jamiro Monteiro, Kenny Santos and Diney, all ceded their places.
For Cameroon, Antonio Conceiçao gave more minutes to James Lea Siliki, Clinton Njie, Choupo Moting, Jean Onana and Olivier Mbaizo, as Pierre Kunde Malong, Toko Ekambi, Moumi Ngamaleu, Samuel Oum and Fai Collins watch the reminder of the game from the bench.
The indomitable lions fought hard late in the game as they looked for a winner, but the Blue Sharks deservedly took a point away and boast their chances of securing a place in the round of 16.
In the other group game, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia played a similar one all tie. This means that Cameroon finish top of the group with seven points, while Burkina Faso and Cape Verde have Four points each. Ethiopia is out with just one point.
Cameroon and Burkina Faso are through to the eighth final, while for Cape Verde, their fate depends on the results of the other groups, to see if they can finish amongst the four best thirds.
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