Cameroon has become the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the AFCON after an amazing victory of a 4-1 win against Ethiopia.
Two Cameroon players namely Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi both scored amazing braces each and earned a spot as the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the 2021 AFCON.
The hosts(Cameroon) gave a strong performance in the second half and managed to advance to six points as they have also won their opening game against Burkina Faso.
The triumph against Ethiopia was more convincing and will come as a morale boost to the players and the team as a whole as they carry a burden of expectations.
Ethiopia made a huge turnover in the match as they caught Cameroon’s defense lacking with Amanuel Aregawi delivering a square ball into the area and Dawa Dukele going in front of his marker to make the pass.
Cameroon has already trailed in the tournament for the second time, yet they only needed four minutes to equalize. Collins Fai who had proven careless on defense when Ethiopia scored their goal, made improvements with a quality cross and Toko Ekambi took advantage of the poor defense to head home in the 8th minute.
The French-born striker then scored with a header, but Ethiopia was also dangerous on their counter-attack, catching out Cameroon several times with pace despite their lack of ball possession.
And the underdogs scored twice after the start of the second half as Aboubakar scored twice in minutes. He headed home Collins cross in the 53rd minute, then glided home a similar square ball from Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu.
Toko scored his second and Cameron’s fourth on 67 minutes. Their final group match is against second-placed Cape Verde on Monday, while Ethiopia will be chasing their first win in the competition against Burkina Faso on the same day.
Report by: Sifiso Mshelwane