It was a stellar performance from forwards Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi whose braces in their 4-1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations win over Ethiopia inspired Cameroon to the knockout phase.
Despite an evenly matched opening half that involved the tournament hosts going down first for the second time at this tournament at Olembe Stadium on Thursday, Cameroon put a good second half show to ensure three points.
Ethiopia drew first blood as early as the fifth minute with Dawa Hotessa sweeping home an Amanuel Gabrielmicheal cross for 1-0.
The Indomitable Lions found a quick response in the eighth minute through Ekambi who benefited from a good combination play from Aboubakar, Chuopo Moting and a decent cross by Collins Fai to power in a header for the equalizer.
Aboubakar, who netted a brace in his team’s first game against Burkina Faso, put the hosts in the lead in the 53rd minute. Choupo Moting yet again combined well with Fai whose cross was headed in by the unmarked forward.
A minute later, Choupo Moting was yet again involved, this time finding Nicholas Moumi Ngamaleu who found Aboubakar to net his second of the evening and fourth in two games.
In the 67th minute, Ekambi sweetly added his second and Cameroon’s fourth after being released by Andre Zambo Anguissa down the left channel.
Despite the confidence and incredible play exhibited by the Ethiopians including late surges from Amanuel Yohannes and Abubeker Nasir, it was not enough to change the status quo.
Cameroon will want to stamp their lead at the top of Pool A when they play their last group game against Cape Verde on January 17 at the Olembe Stadium.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia will play their last against Burkina Faso on the same day at the Bafoussam Omnisport Stadium, Kouekong.
How they lined up
Cameroon: Andre Onana (GK), Jean Charles Castelleto, Andre Zambo Anguisa, Eric Maxim Chuppo Moting, Nohou Toho, Karl Toko Ekambi, Collins Fai, Micheal Ngadeu, Martin Honglar, Nicholas Moumi Ngamaleu.
Substitutions: Stephane Bahoken, Christan Bassogog, Ignatius Ganago, Davis Epassy, Pierre Kunde, James Lea Siliki, Olivier Mbaizo, Clinton Nj’ie, Jerome Onguene, Ambroise Oyongo.
Ethiopia: Teklsmariam Shanko (GK), Ramadan Yusef, Mignot Debebe, Surafel Dagnachew, Aschalew Tamene, Suleman Hamid, Amanuel Yohannes, Mesud Mohammed, Dawa Hotesa, Abubeker Nasir, Amanuel Gabrielmicheal.
Substitutions: Endashaw Zewide, Shemket Gugesa, Mujib Kassim, Getaneh Kebede, Bezabeh Meleyo, Gatoch Panom, Ahmed Reshid, Solomon Firew, Mesfin Tafese, Jemal Tassew, Asrat Tunjo, Desta Yohannes