he Indomitable Lions of Cameroon achieved the perfect scenario on Saturday evening by winning the small final of the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations, CAN TotalEnergies 2021.
Moukoudi’s teammates who were down 3-0 win against Burkina Faso (3-3, 5 pens 3) on the lawn of the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.
However, the foals of Kamou Malo were the most enterprising throughout the meeting against a Cameroonian team completely overhauled after their frustration following their elimination in the semi-finals 48 hours earlier.
The Burkinabés dominated the first part of the match from start to finish with two goals and possession in clear advantage.
24 ‘, Steeve Yago concludes with a pass from Issa Kabore. Twenty minutes later, on a harmless action, Nikiema crosses and the Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana, by mistake puts the leather in the back of his own net.
At the start of the second, the Burkinabés started strong and worsened the score through Djibril Ouattara on a decisive pass from captain Bertrand Traoré (49′).
Against all odds, the Indomitable Lions managed to get back into the game thanks in particular to an excellent Vincent Aboubakar who entered the second half.
71′, Stephane Bahoken reduces the score. A quarter of an hour later, the competition’s top scorer, Vincent Aboubakar, with a header scored Cameroon’s second goal before scoring his eighth goal of the tournament on an error by goalkeeper Farid Ouedrago who missed his exit.
Cameroon, which has come a long way in this meeting, finally won on penalties (5-3).
The Indomitable Lions managed to get on the podium in their CAN TotalEnergies and save their tournament.
What they said after the game:
Bertrand Traoré (Man the Match TotalEnergies):
“I am very disappointed after this result. We had the match in our hands. We were leading 3-0 before being caught a few seconds from the end of the match. It’s a fault professional because we had everything to win the game. This result is ruining our career”.
Kamou Malo (Burkina Faso coach):
“It’s hard to explain what happened tonight. We were leading 3-0 and then the Cameroonians came back. It’s a rare situation in football. I’m sad. It’s a first AFCON for me. I’m discovering the big competitions. I’ve experienced great things but also difficult situations. We’ve had an excellent journey”.
Antonio Conceiçao (Cameroon coach):
“48 hours after playing extra time, I couldn’t take any risks with the players and that’s why I reshuffled my team. We saw several players play tonight and I am satisfied with the performance of several players. We have a first objective which was to play the final but it was played on detail in the semi-final against Egypt. Today we demonstrated the strength of character of this group and we won on penalties”.
Original story on Cameroon Info-Net