By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports Writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Cape Verde Island has overpowered Ethiopia 1 nil in the team’s first Group A game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
The Blue Sharks spanked in the lone goal of the duel at the first minute of additional time of the game staged at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium.
Ace forward Julio Tavares sent in the much needed winner to send the Islanders top of Group A with a win and no goal conceded.
These despite efforts from Ethiopia which through the likes of forward, Amanuel Grebremichel and Abubeker Nasir, mounted pressure on the Cape Verde’s in the closing minutes of the game.
Sunday’s victory mounts more pressure on fellow Group A side Cameroon which triumph 2-1 against Burkina Faso in the opening game of the competition and as well as Burkina Faso as the Blue Sharks moved top of the group after the first round of matches.
The Sharks of Cape Verde and Sunday’s Man of the Match award winner Kenny Rocha Santos will face Burkina Faso on Wednesday January 13, 2022 in their second game of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia which is returning to the AFCON for the first time since the 2013 edition in South Africa, will clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on January 13 with the two games scheduled to take place at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Cameroon on Sunday January 9, 2022 and will run till February 6, 2022 with a total of 24 nations competing in a bid to dethrone current holders, the Desert Foxes of Algeria who will are also in to defend their 2019 crown.
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