Cameroon third place

AFCON 2021: Aboubakar Helped Lions Fight Back To Claim Third Position

By Etienne Mainimo

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have finished at the third position of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Cameroon came from three goals down to beat Burkina Faso in the third place match at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium on February 5.

A goal from Stephane Bahoken and two goals from the team captain Vincent Aboubakar who came in the second half balanced the score for Cameroon 3-3. The three goals were scored some 19 minutes to the end of the match.

Meanwhile, starting the game, the Stallions of Burkina Faso took the lead scoring their three goals in the first half, forcing some supporters to leave the stadium. The low-key play turned the fans against the team and they started supporting the opponents.

Supporter booed Andre Onana who conceded three goals, one own goal with the hand.

But before openly showing anger against Andre Onana, the supporter booed each time Harold Moukoudi touched the ball, a spill over from the penalty he missed against Egypt.

Cameroon’s woes came from a lackluster team coach Antonio Conceicoa aligned in the first half with only Andre Onana and Oum Gouet starting the game. All the other players against Egypt were on the bench.

The second half changes with Aboubakar Vincent and Karl Toko Ekambi stepping in changed the game.

Stephane Bahoken reduced score at the 71 minute only for Aboubakar to rekindle in the supporters in 19 minutes for the two teams to draw level.

Unlike the game against Egypt the players all score their penalties and Onana stopped a shot from Burkina Faso.

Interviewed by the national television Aboubakar said, “On behalf of all my teammates, I would like to thank the President of the Republic, the Government, the President of the Federation, the Cameroonian public, (…). Life is a fight. Soccer is mental. The most important thing is to win. We are a team. Some things, we will see internally. I spoke to my teammates. We have to leave the controversies behind and build a great team for the future.”

Vincent Aboubakar’s eight goals at #AFCON2021 is the second-most at a single Africa Cup of Nations in the tournament’s history.

9- Ndaye Mulamba, the Zaire in 1974

8- Laurent Pokou from Ivory Coast in 1970

8- Vincent Aboubakar from Cameroon 2021

Aboubakar Vincent has secured a golden goal.