Cameroon became the first team qualified for the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) after having dominated Ethiopia 4-1, this Thursday in Yaoundé, in their second match in the competition, which they play as hosts.
The Ethiopians opened the scoring in the 4th minute through Dawa Hotessa but Karl Toko-Ekambi responded quickly just four minutes later.
Vincent Aboubakar then scored a brace in the space of two minutes in the second half (minutes 53 and 55), before Toko-Ekambi scored his second personal goal of the afternoon (67).
In group A, the team coached by Toni Conceiçao has 6 points after two games. On the first day they had beaten Burkina Faso 2-1.
In that game last Sunday, as in this Thursday against Ethiopia, the ‘Indomitable Lions’ of Cameroon had to come back after being behind on the scoreboard from the start.
Ethiopia, already defeated in the first game by Cape Verde (1-0), still has options to qualify as one of the four best third parties of the six groups, although its goal difference is not very favorable and this theoretically complicates that objective ahead to the third day of his group.
In the scoring table, Aboubakar is by far the top scorer in the competition, with 4 goals.
The great stadium of Olembé, in Yaoundé, was very empty for this Cameroon-Ethiopia, with just a few thousand spectators spread out in the stands, which adds to the concern about the popular success of this 33rd Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
To the prices of the tickets and the health situation, concern was added this Wednesday about the exchanges of fire in Limbé-Buea between separatists from the Anglophone West and the military.
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