By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, before the tournament commenced had indicated that the Video Assistant referee will be used from the group stages of the competition, a move away from the last tournament that had the VAR only from the knockout phases at the 2019 AFCON.
There were two major instances that VAR had to intervene in the opening match; one for awarded a penalty to Cameroon and the other for denying a goal for Cameroon.
Cameroonians may have had lukewarm attitude towards the use of VAR in the tournament particularly looking at the issues that have followed the use of the instrument. But, in the two instances, the intervention of VAR actually shows why it had to be brought for the group stages at this AFCON.
With the VAR getting off to the right footing, CAF and the other officials will be hoping that there is no bad call being made from VAR which will send a strong message to the European Associations and even FIFA on how the VAR should be used. This will be a major outcome to African football and African referees who receive few selections by FIFA for World Cup matches.
Indomitable Lions striker Vincent Aboubakar was on either side of the VAR decisions, benefited from one of the decisions while the other went against him. The striker from Al Nassr found the back of the net twice in a 2-1 victory against Burkina Faso in the opening game of the AFCON this Sunday at the Olembe Stadium.
The victory for Cameroon in Group A means the side pick up all three points as they head into the second encounter. Cameroon will face Ethiopia for their second encounter on Thursday, January 13 while Burkina Faso faces Cape Verde. All hopes if still not lost for the Stallions while Cameroon moves a step closer to the knockout stage.
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