By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The indomitable lions of Cameroon, host nation of the 2021 African Cup of Nations 2021 have maintain the record of never being beaten at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, successful booking a third spot in the 2021 AFCON, coming from behind to beat Burkina Faso on post penalty shoot-outs 5#3.
In front of 10,412 supporters present at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium Saturday February 5, 2022, the Burkina Bays tried to rewrite history but their efforts were short-lived.
Goals from Steve Farid Yago, Issa Kabore and Djibril Checks were easily compromised by Stephane Bahoken and a Brace from Vincent Aboubakar to send the game on direct post match penalties finishing 5#3.
The win for the lions therefore place them third behind either Egypt or Senegal expected to play the finals, Sunday February 6, 2022.
Ambitiously hoping for victory to clinch the lone third place of African Cup of Nations 2021, the Stallions of Burkina Faso launched the battle from centre referee Redouane Jiyed’s whistle. Little or no interesting actions were displayed by the both teams despite the quest for the third position as they enjoyed a one-two touch around the median.
11 minutes into regular play time, Olympiakos maestro, Pierre Kunde Malong picked up a loose ball from the median, beat three, plays with Olivier Mbaizo whose cross was easily intercepted. The lions again won a free-kick, Christian Bassogog’s Cross went straight into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Soufiane Bayid.
Captain Oyongo Bitolo combining well with Samuel Oum Gouet, sent a long one into Burkina Faso’s dead zone, a strike and header from Jean Onana all went off the wooded.
Burkina Faso after dancing to Cameroon’s tune, got a beautiful chance 24 minutes into the game, headed forward a cross in from the right flank, was easily converted by Steve Farid Yago who put the Burkina Bay’s ahead.
Making nine changes from his previous starting 11, Antonio Conceicao and boys met their doom when Burkina Faso maximized another chance through Issa Kabore, going pass Andre Onana to lead 2#0 minutes to half-time.
Hoping to put smiles on the faces on furious Cameroonians, Coach Antonio Conceicao upon return for the second segment, quickly substituted Samuel Oum Gouet and Ganago Ignatius for Moumi Ngamaleu and Vincent Aboubakar.
Unfortunately for him, Burkina Faso desperate for made use of Cameroon’s loopholes, Djibril Check’s header made it three for the Stallions.
Things still not moving well for the lions, António Conceicao substituted Christian Bassogog for Five time scorer Karl Toko Ekambi.
26 minutes of play Stephan Bahoken revived the hopes of hopeless Cameroonians netting first Goal for the lions. Not long, competition’s top goal scorer Vincent Aboubakar came in from behind leveling scores to 3#3, taking his goal tally to eight.
Both goals helped the lions recuperate played, defending their side in every way possible, ending full-time at 3#3.
Burkina Faso 3#5 Cameroon
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