July 5, 2022

AFCON 2021: Cameroon’s Antonio okay with poor show

By Clive Kyazze
Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar converts from the spot against Burkina Faso | CAF Image

Despite winning the opening game of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations 2-1 on Sunday at Olembe Stadium against Burkina Faso, Cameroon didn’t showcase the best of football according to head coach António Conceição da Silva Oliveira but he is not bothered.

Cameroon went down as early as 24 minutes when Gustavo Fabrice tapped home for Burkina Faso after Andre Onana failed to deal with an aerial ball.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) awarded Cameroon a penalty after Andre Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) went down under a challenge in the box much as referee Mustapha Ghorbal had waved play on.

Cool as a cumber, Vincent Aboubakar slotted home, as Cameroon drew level, the skipper was at it again in the 43rd minute after Cameroon were awarded a second penalty.

Aboubakar made no mistake, waiting for Herve Koffi to move before slotting the ball low into the middle of the goal.

“We didn’t display wonderful skills today but we won the match and that is what is most important,” Antonio said after the game.

But he was a satisfied man: “We played according to plan, even when we went a goal down, we never panicked and held our nerves then got back into the game.”

The Portuguese manager was quick to concede the scare though when they went down in front of what he described as adoring fans.

“I was scared when we conceded first but I trust my players, and we knew playing at home, the opening game was going to be tough but the players had to trust themselves and react.”

“This victory was very important at home, in front of our adorable fans and I must admit we are focused on making them happy,” he added.

And the fans did rally their players through the game, creating an electric atmosphere that demanded more.

Cameroon had the chance to go 3-1 up in the 60th minute but Aboubakar’s effort was ruled out for offside by the assistant referee and later VAR.

Both teams will be back in action on Thursday when Cameroon take on Ethiopia while Burkina Faso will face Cape Verde.

How both teams lined up

Cameron: Andre Onana (GK), Moumi Ngamaleu, Michael Ngadeu, Andre Zambo, Vincent Aboubakar ©, Karl Toko, Samuel Oum, Pierre Kunde, Fai Collins, Jerome Onguene, Tolo Nouhou

Burkina Faso: Herve Koffi (GK), Patrick Malo, Isa Kabore, Bertrand Traore ©, Issoufou Dayo, Abdoul Tapsoba, Gustavo Sangare, Cyrille Barros, Blati Toure, Adama Guira, Steeve Yago

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