And that is that for the opening match at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Cameroon came through a serious test against Burkina Faso to notch an opening win thanks to two penalties from the impressive Vincent Aboubakar. Moumi Ngamaleu, in addition, had a fine match and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa was none too shabby in the middle of the park for the hosts.
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There is time for Tolo to try an outrageous volley from the edge of the penalty area which flies wide … the final whistle blows, and Cameroon seal an opening win thanks to two first-half penalties by Aboubakar.
After a somewhat nervy start, the match burst into life towards the end of the first half – and Cameroon eventually survive a big scare against an impressive Burkina Faso outfit.
Cameroon drive down the right. Koffi initially spills a cross but then gathers. The seconds are ticking down to what will be an opening win for the tournament hosts.
Konate has the merest hint of a sight of goal for Burkina Faso from a tight angle. He gets his shot on target but Onana is able to gather cleanly.
Aboubakar, the two-penalty hero for Cameroon, is now taken off with Neyou coming on. This is certainly tense, although it’s hard to argue the football has been consistently of great quality. As stated, though, it’s often the way with the nerves and high stakes that come with a tournament opener.