Not every day do you get a chance to lead against Cameroon, at home, and in the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations. When you do, you must make it account; Burkina Faso failed.
And their coach Fimin Sanon put his side’s first half capitulation down to inexperience. Despite the Stallions leading after 24 minutes, they went on to lose their opening game of the 2021 AFCON, 2-1 at the Olembe Stadium.
Fabrice Gustavo Sangare struck the first goal of the 33rd edition of the tournament, but Burkina Faso failed to hold on as Vincent Aboubakar converted twice from the penalty spot in the final five minutes of the first half.
“I think we lacked experience, at 1-0, we must have tried to keep it like that, maybe try to go to the break leading or at 1-1,” Malo said in the post match press conference.
“We showcased a lot of inexperience too in the manner we allowed them into the game but also not taking the advantage we had got.”
“By and large we did well against a very good side in a beautiful stadium against awesome fans,” Sanon added.
The Burkinabe native also believes the referee might have been a little harsh in some cases, incidences he feels should have changed the equation of the game.
“We want to trust the referee because he is a professional, I am yet to review the videos but I feel we didn’t do enough,” he commented on the first penalty that was awarded by VAR.
“We also made a lot of errors but Cameroon were also committing fouls but we got punished for our errors, you always get that when you play against such team,” he added.
Before kickoff, the headlines going around were the absentees who missed the game because of turning positive COVID-19 results.
The hosts missed Efala Komgueo, Enzo Ebosse, Olivier Mbaizo and Martin Hongla while Burkina Faso didn’t have Oula Traore, Soumaila, Edmond Tapsoboa and Dango Aboubacar going into the game.
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