In the final match of Group A AFCON 2021, the Cameroon team could not maintain its all-win record when it was held to a 1-1 draw by rival Cape Verde.
Cameroon team interrupts the winning match at AFCON 2021
Despite having definitely won tickets to the next round after two wins, Cameroon still launched a squad with many notable players. In particular, striker Aboubakar is the most prominent individual with 4 goals after the first 2 matches.
With a superior squad, it is not difficult for the Cameroon team to impose their style of play and create many turbulent situations on the goal of rival Cape Verde. After many missed opportunities, the number one striker Aboubakar continued to shine with a goal that broke the deadlock after 39 minutes. However, in a rare counter-attack situation, the Cape Verde team had what they needed. with Garry Rodrigues’ equalizer in the 53rd minute.
In the remaining minutes, the Cameroon team, despite their best efforts, could not bring the ball into the opponent’s net for the second time. This draw does not affect Cameroon’s ranking too much as they will continue to the 1/8 round with the first place in Group A. As for the Cape Verde team, they have officially said goodbye to the tournament with the position. Tuesday.
Up to this point, four names have been identified that are sure to win tickets to the next round: Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Morocco. The names who move on to the next qualifying round will be determined after the final matches in Group B and C take place tonight and tomorrow morning.
Aubameyang officially bid farewell to AFCON 2021
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being allowed to return to Arsenal due to his inability to meet health requirements to continue his journey at the 2021 AFCON Africa Cup of Nations.
Aubameyang was found to be infected with COVID-19 on January 6, 2022 upon entering Cameroon. Two of his teammates were also confirmed positive and were isolated afterwards. Up to now, Aubameyang has missed 2 matches in the group stage of Gabon and while he is about to return to the squad to prepare for the next match, the 32-year-old striker was stopped by the medical team.
In this regard, Gabon coach Patrice Neveu said the striker will be allowed to return to Arsenal and monitor his health because the post-COVID-19 sequelae are showing signs of affecting the player’s heart.
“We can’t evaluate it here [Cameroon], we can’t assess Covid pathology here. So Mario returned to Nice and Pierre returned to Arsenal to continue watching. It was a decision we made ourselves.”
The Gabon Football Federation has decided to bring players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina back to their clubs for them to follow up with more in-depth tests. After not seeing Aubameyang appear at AFCON 2021, some journalists slandered the striker because of his selfishness, so he was not registered to play.
However, Aubameyang himself denied the rumors with a statement on Twitter: “We have complicated issues to deal with, above all rumors, in short, I need to worry about my health. I don’t want to hear these false rumors and I hope Ghana goes as far as possible.”
As for Lemina, he also justified himself with his Instagram status: “I have nothing to lie about. I have done nothing wrong with them (journalists). I grieve for the Ghanaian media, which is surrounded by liars looking for an echo.”
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