AFCON 2021 began with breathtaking displays as host, Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match.

AFCON 2021 began with breathtaking displays as
host, Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match.

An acrobatic volley from Gustavo Sangare had put the Stallion of Burkina Faso ahead midway through the first half in Yaounde.

Captain of the Indomitable Lion of Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar turned the game around for the hosts before half-time scoring two goals through penalties.

Cameroon’s goalkeeper Andre Onana made two crucial second-half saves as Toni Conceicao’s side opened their Group A campaign with victory.

The AFCON 2021 has been delayed a year by the COVID-19 pandemic but, after a colourful opening ceremony, the first game lived up to fans expectations.

In another group A match, Cape Verde side hit by COVID-19 cases saw off 10-man Ethiopia 1-0 in the day’s second game in the Olembe Stadium, with striker Julio Tavares scoring a powerful header in first-half stoppage time.

There are four games on Monday, with 2019 runners-up Senegal in action and four-time champions Ghana facing Morocco.

On Tuesday, in an explosive encounter, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns with the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium by 17:00 (West African Time).

Top Premier League and European stars like Leicester City’s duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who is the current Premier League top scorer with 16 goals and others will be on parade.

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