AFCON 2021: Host Country Opens With Victory

AFCON 2021: Host Country Opens With Victory

As the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) officially kicks off, Cameroon has put a big smile on the faces of their supporters with a 2-1 victory against Burkina Faso.

The host opened the biggest tournament on the continent with a good impression filled with high hopes. However, the game wasn’t a bed of roses for the five times Afcon champion.

Sangare of Burkina Faso, shook their hearts and expectations scoring the first goal in the first half in less than 30mins. The young promising midfielder who plays for Quevilly-Rouen provided a quick finishing after Traore’s header was cleared off the line from a corner.

The host fought hard to equalise the match. Aboubakar got the gap closed and the crowd up 40mins into the match scoring his 26th goals for Cameroon with an awesome penalty kick into the bottom corner.

Aboubakar, the captain for Cameroon, scored a brace during the added time to set the record straight and place  Cameroon on top.

With a 2-1 lead for the host into the second half, the game was tight for both teams to break through their defences. Players on both ends were booked and all attacks brought no result. Although, Cameroon managed to breakthrough scoring another at 61mins. It turned out to be disallowed by VAR technology.

The opening match ended 2-1 as Cameroon claims three points to top the  group.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group Stage Fixtures

Sunday January 9

Group A: Cameron vs Burkina Faso, 4pm, Olembe Stadium, Yaounde

Group A: Ethiopia vs Cape Verde, 7pm, Olembe Stadium, Yaounde

Monday January 10

Group B: Senegal vs Zimbabwe, 1pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam

Group B: Guinea vs Malawi, 4pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam

Group C: Morocco vs Ghana, 4pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Group C: Comoros vs Gabon, 7pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Tuesday January 11

Group E: Algeria vs Sierra Leone, 1pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

Group D: Nigeria vs Egypt, 4pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Group D: Sudan vs Guinea-Bissau, 7pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Wednesday January 12

Group F: Tunisia vs Mali, 1pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group F: Mauritania vs Gambia, 4pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group E: Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast, 7pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

Thursday January 13

Group A: Cameroon vs Ethiopia, 4pm, Olembe Stadium, Yaounde

Group A: Cape Verde vs Burkina Faso, 7pm, Olembe Stadium, Yaounde)

Friday January 14

Group B: Senegal vs Guinea, 1pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam)

Group B: Malawi vs Zimbabwe, 4pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam)

Group C: Morocco vs Comoros, 4pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde Group C: Gabon vs Ghana, 7pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Saturday January 15

Group D: Nigeria vs Sudan, 4pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Group D: Guinea-Bissau vs Egypt, 7pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Sunday January 16

Group F: Gambia vs Mali, 1pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group E: Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone, 4pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

Group F: Tunisia vs Mauritania, 4pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group E: Algeria vs Equatorial Guinea, 7pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

Monday January 17

Group A: Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia, 4pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam

Group A: Cape Verde vs Cameroon, 4pm, Olembe Stadium, Yaounde

Tuesday January 18

Group B: Malawi vs Senegal, 4pm, Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam

Group B: Zimbabwe vs Guinea, 4pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Group C: Gabon vs Morocco, 7pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Group C: Ghana vs Comoros, 7pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Wednesday January 19

Group D: Egypt vs Sudan, 7pm, Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Group D: Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria, 7pm, Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Thursday January 20

Group E: Ivory Coast vs Algeria, 4pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

Group E: Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea, 4pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group F: Gambia vs Tunisia, 7pm, Limbe Stadium, Limbe

Group F: Mali vs Mauritania, 7pm, Japoma Stadium, Douala

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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