The second round of in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations began today as hosts Cameroon came from a goal down wallop Ethiopia 4-1.
The Walia Ibex of Ethiopia raced into the lead five minutes on the clock but saw their lead cancelled out by Toko Ekambi’s equalizer eight minutes into the game.
Cameroon got a quick fire double in the second half through Aboubakar in the 53rd and 54th minute before Toko Ekambi completed his brace seven minutes past the hour mark.
Cameroon are thus the first side to book a place in the knockout stages of Afcon’21.
The Indomitable Lions had come into the encounter having won their first game of the tournament. A 2-1 tournament-opening victory against Burkinafaso.
Ethiopia who had lost their opening match by a lone goal raced into a fourth-minute lead through Hotessa.
The Unmarked forward swept home the opener having benefitted from a low cross from Nasir who had worked out a beautiful ball communication with Gebremichael.
However their lead was short-lived as Karl Toko-Ekambi equalized three minutes later.
A Choupo-Moting and Aboubakar combination forced out a save from Ethiopia goalie Shanko but Fai collected the spill and sent in another cross, this time Karl Toko-Ekambi was there to head it home into the side net.
The second half was greeted with more attacking prowess from the Cameroonians who had since the equalizer turned the game around.
This would go on to birth a quick fire brace from captain Vincent Aboubakar.
His first came in the 53rd minute when Fai who had been found wide by Choupo-Moting sent in another brilliant cross directly onto the striker’s head. He then headed home the ball past the aspiring hands of Shanko.
A minute later Choupo-Moting found this time Ngamaleu down the right before sending a low cross to Aboubakar who gobbled in a finish from five yards.
Cameroon weren’t done as there was enough time for a fourth from Ekambi who was teed up by Anguissa before dispatching two Ethiopian markers for dust and finishing into the near post.
Aboubakar thus became the first player to score in three consecutive games for Cameroon in Afcon since Samuel Eto’o in 2008.
He is also currently the topscorer of the tournament with four goals picking his second Man of The Match award in the competition.