By Etienne Mainimo
Cameroon and Ethiopia will face each other in the second Group A game of the ongoing 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of nations, AFCON.
Both sides will confront each other on January 13 at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde. The confrontation between the two teams have been described by city dwellers as a match of stakes.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game considering what happened in the first games. It’s true that Cameroon won and Ethiopia lost but it is going to be a game of stakes because who ever wins will have an upper hand to qualify for the next round of the competition,” Sule Njing said.
“AFCON games have been very difficult and I foresee the next games of the Lions to be difficult but I am confident that we will win,” a trader said.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Cameroon could go unchanged for the meeting with Ethiopia but it’s is likely that Clinton N’Jie and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who both came on with 20 minutes to play on Sunday and will be pushing to start.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia will be forced to at least one change after Yared Bayeh received his marching orders at the 12 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Cape Verde. Debebe Mignot is expected to be at the heart of the defence when they face Cameroon.
Even though the Indomitable Lions did well to recover from their early setback on Sunday, they will be going to the game enjoying a more comfortable status.
Ethiopia’s spirited display against Cape Verde after being reduced to 10 men early on in the opening day, means they need to at least avoid defeat to harbour any hopes of progression to the next round of the tournament. Ethiopia needs to fix things before this game and should be troublesome against Cameroon.
While Ethiopia were very defensive in the first game, Cameroon will have to find a quick fix to their breached defense in the first match if they are to contain ambitious Ethiopians who will look to win their first game of the tournament.
This will be the second competitive encounter between Cameroon and Ethiopia. The last meeting between the two countries in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1970 when Cameroon record a 3-2 win over the Walias.