By Afeseh Apong
▪️ Cameroon’s indomitable lions have recorded two wins in their two group A games
▪️ Antonio Conceiçao’s men are top of the group and becomes the first team to progress to the round of 16.
▪️It was the first game of AFCON 2021 to record more than three goals
Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi scored braces as Cameroon defeated Ethiopia 4#1.
Indomitable lions coach Antonio Conceiçao made three changes to his lineup that played Burkina Faso last Sunday, with Jean Charles Castelletto, Martin Hongla and Choupo Moting all starting, while Jerome Onguene, Samuel Oum and Kunde Malong all starting on the bench.
Cameroon created the first chance of the game going forward through Choupo Moting who combined with Moumi Ngamaleu, but the Ethiopians negotiated a counter attack a pulled first blood through Adama Kenema’s forward, Dawa Dukele.
Cameroon’s Eric Choupo Moting got the first booking of the game just seven minutes on, but it didn’t stop the hungry lions from fighting back.
Vincent Aboubakar was denied by a strong Shanko Balcha save, but the rebound went to Fai Collins who curled it into the box, and Olympique Lyonnais forward Karl Toko Ekambi, jumped the highest to head pass goalkeeper Shanko Balcha.
As Cameroon stepped up the tempo, the Ethiopians were forced into commiting many errors, with Surafel Mengistu getting into the referee’s books for a foul on Moumi Ngamaleu.
Nouhou Tolo’s excellent run down the left at the 33rd minute, saw him picking out Moumi Ngamaleu, who tapped in from closed range, but his was chalked off for offside.
A parity score line separated both teams at pause, despite late pressure from Cameroon.
Action packed second segment
Upon resumption for the second half, the indomitable lions demonstrated their win hungry spirit, as they bombarded the Ethiopians defense with several incursions.
Standard Liège’s full back Fai Collins, ran forward excellently and his in swinger was powered home by Vincent Aboubakar to put Cameroon in front just eight minutes after restart (53).
Two minutes later (55), Moumi Ngamaleu again set up Al Nassr forward to complete his second brace of the competition.
Coach Antonio Conceiçao made his first substitution of the game at the 56th minute, bringing in James Lea Siliki in the place of Choupo Moting.
Karl Toko Ekambi extended Cameroon’s lead at the 67 minute, shortly before he was replaced by Ignatius Ganago, while Clinton Njie came on for Moumi Ngamaleu.
Coach Wubetu Abate of Ethiopia made wholesale changes, with Bezabih Mekengo, Ahmed Abebo, Shemekit Gugesa and Kebede Gibeto, coming in to replace Remdan Mohammed, Dawa Dukele, Gebremichael Aregawi.
The scores would not change in the last quarter of the game, as Cameroon won 4#1 and becomes the first team to progress to the round of 16.
Thursday’s game was just the second AFCON meeting between Cameroon and Ethiopia, after they last met on February 08, 1970, with the indomitable lions recording a three two win.
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